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Office of Sen. Al Franken
April 7, 2016

Dear Madd,

Thank you for contacting me about the current vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia came as a great shock, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, and his colleagues. With his passing, the Constitution is very clear about what must happen now: Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution states that the President “shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint” a successor. President Obama has a constitutional obligation to nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia, and United States senators have a constitutional duty to give full and fair consideration to that nominee.

Unfortunately, even before President Obama had selected a nominee, the Republican Senate Majority Leader declared that the Republican majority would refuse to do its…

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