TODAY in Greenville: Congressman G.K. Butterfield, North Carolina Leaders Speak Out on Senator Burr’s Unprecedented Obstruction of Judicial Nominees

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 7, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Kravitz

TODAY in Greenville: Congressman G.K. Butterfield, North Carolina Leaders Speak Out on Senator Burr’s Unprecedented Obstruction of Judicial Nominees

In CNN-released audio, Senator Burr bragged, “I have the longest judicial vacancy in the history of the United States in the Eastern District of North Carolina. ”

Senator Burr vows, “if Hillary Clinton becomes president I’m going to do everything I can do to make sure that four years from now, we’ve still got an opening on the Supreme Court.”

PolitiFact on Senator Burr’s obstruction of Eastern District Court nominees: “Burr is right that he’s responsible for keeping the seat empty.”

GREENVILLE– TODAY in Greenville North Carolina leaders including Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Senators Don Davis and Angela Bryant, and former Congresswoman Eva Clayton will speak out against Senator Richard Burr’s unprecedented obstruction of vacancies on Eastern District Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Community leaders and newspapers across North Carolina have spoken out against Senator Burr’s closed-door remarks, in which he bragged about not doing his job for North Carolina by blocking qualified nominees to the Eastern District Court and said he would work to keep a seat vacant on the Supreme Court for another four years if Hillary Clinton is elected.

Speakers: Congressman G.K. Butterfield
Senator Don Davis
Senator Angela Bryant
The Honorable Eva Clayton

Joined by: Senator Erica Smith-Ingram
Representative Bobbie Richardson
Representative Shelly Willingham
Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield

When: 12:30 PM
Today, Monday, November 7th

Where: The Gold Post Café
804 W 5th St, Greenville, NC 27834
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9JXYJQ4aZYS2

Senator Burr Putting Politics First
Senator Burr has blocked two judicial nominees for a vacancy in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which is classified as a judicial emergency and at over ten years is the longest running vacancy in the country. Senator Burr also refuses to consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and has vowed to prevent Hillary Clinton, if she became President, from appointing a nominee. Press conference speakers will discuss how Senator Burr is neglecting his constitutional and democratic responsibilities to the people of North Carolina.

Timeline

May 2005 with Republican President: “Many of us have worked toward a fair process where all judicial nominees with majority support, regardless of party, receive an up-or-down vote. Let me say that again: regardless of party, receive an up-or-down vote…. But denying judicial nominees of both parties, who seek to serve their country, an up-or-down vote, simply is not fair.”

March 2016 with a Democratic president: “The American people deserve a voice in the nomination of the next Supreme Court Justice.”

October 2016 with the potential of a Democratic president: “If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I’m going to do everything I can do to make sure that four years from now, we’ve still got an opening on the Supreme Court.”

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