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Urging the Senate to “do its job”, organizations say democracy is at stake
National Faith Advocacy Organizations Calls on Senators to Consider Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, DC - Late last week national faith-based advocacy organizations including the Franciscan Action Network and the Unitarian Universalist Association delivered a letter to Senators McConnell and Grassley calling on the Senate to consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.

The letter was signed by ten faith-based organizations who agree that the Senate must do its job as mandated by the Constitution. The full content of the letter along with the list of signatories can be found on FAN’s website.

FAN’s Executive Director Patrick Carolan said, “The Constitution is clear on the shared responsibility in the process of nominating and approving new Supreme Court justices. The Senate’s stone-walling is just another example of the unbalanced nature of our current democracy.”

“The democratic process is fundamental to the American way of life and to our Unitarian Universalist faith community, but it only works if elected leaders fulfill their duties. It is time to put partisan politicking aside and to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. I strongly urge the senators blocking this process to do their moral and ethical duty and hold hearings for Judge Merrick Garland,” said the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

The Franciscan Action Network co-leads “Faithful Democracy,” a faith-based coalition looking at issues of good governance including money in politics and voting rights. The sign on letter is part of an ongoing campaign to increase the democratic voice of each and every American.

For more information contact pr@uua.org.

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