Text for Use with ATR suggested letter to U.S. Senate Urging an Up-or-Down Vote on the Nomination of Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court.
January 6, 2006
An open letter to the United States Senate:
As Governor of the great state of ___________, I urge the United States Senate to move promptly to an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution states the President “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States.”
In naming Judge Alito to the Supreme Court, President Bush has kept his vow to nominate justices who will strictly interpret the Constitution, rather than usurping the duty of elected legislatures by making law from the bench.
I strongly urge the United States Senate to quickly pass the nomination of Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court through committee, reject all calls for a filibuster, and move promptly to an up-or-down vote on the nomination at the earliest possible date in January 2006.