The Senate Must Confirm A Supreme Court Nominee Before the November Election

Conservative Action Project — Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Washington, DC
Signatures updated: 9/24/20

Conservatives call on President Trump to swiftly nominate a conservative to fill the Ginsburg vacancy on the Supreme Court. We then urge the Senate to confirm this nominee prior to the November election.

Both historical precedent and the Senate’s constitutional prerogative compel quick action. Between 1796 and 1968, there have been nineteen vacancies on the Supreme Court where the president and the Senate were of the same party. Seventeen of those nominations were subsequently confirmed, nine of them prior to that year’s election.

Moreover, holding the confirmation vote prior to November ensures it is done in full view of the American people, with all the accountability that entails. A vote in the lame duck session takes place after the election is decided, with markedly different incentives for senators who have just been re-elected or will be leaving the Senate. In short, it ensures these senators can safely ignore the wishes of their voters.

There is also the issue of ensuring a fully staffed Supreme Court prior to any challenges to what is expected to be a contested electoral outcome. Joe Biden’s campaign has already announced an expanded staff of lawyers prepared to litigate whatever outcome presents itself in November, or in the weeks that follow. With Ginsburg absent, a 4-4 split on the Supreme Court would be possible. Such a deadlock would send the outcome to the circuit courts, and further throw the country into chaos. A fully staffed Supreme Court is vital to ensuring that the election disputes get a fair and final hearing.

Perhaps most importantly, however, this is what conservatives elected the Senate to do – to fully embrace the mandate of the majority they were given by their voters. The Constitution gives the Senate the authority to confirm a Supreme Court nominee at a time of their choosing. We ask them to fully embrace that prerogative prior to the election, rather than in the lame duck.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed in 33 days. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed in 42 days. We urge the Senate to move swiftly toward a confirmation before November 3, acting as Joe Biden admonished in 2016: “I made it absolutely clear that I would go forward with the confirmation process as chairman even a few months before a presidential election.”


The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Thomas Fitton
President
Judicial Watch, Inc.
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Conservative Partnership Institute
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
The Honorable David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
Adam Brandon
President
FreedomWorks
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
FreedomWorks
David Bozell
President
ForAmerica
Tom McClusky
President
March for Life Action
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
Jessica Anderson
Executive Director
Heritage Action for America
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Michael Farris
President & CEO
Alliance Defending Freedom
Charles J. Cooper
Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan
Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
US House of Representatives
Grover Norquist
President
Americans for Tax Reform
Justin Danhof
General Counsel
National Center for Public Policy Research
James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute
The Honorable Scott Walker
CEO
Young America’s Foundation
Kristen Waggoner
General Counsel
Alliance Defending Freedom
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan (1985-1988)
Alan Sears
Founder
Alliance Defending Freedom
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson
President
National Religious Broadcasters (2013-19)
Kristan J. Hawkins
President
Students for Life Action
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
Caroline Wetherington
President
Women 4 Trump Florida
Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States
Floyd Brown
Publisher
The Western Journal
Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
Eunie Smith
President Emeritus
Eagle Forum
The Honorable Timothy Huelskamp, Ph.D.
Former Congressman
1st Congressional District of Kansas
Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Haley E. Martin
President
The Martin Foundation
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Christina Murphy Lusk
Campaign for the American Future
Guillermo J. Aragon
Senior Partner
Corbere Partners
Dr. John C. Eastman
Salvatori Professor, Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute
Khadine Ritter
President
Eagle Forum of Ohio
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
Charlie Gerow
Vice Chairman
American Conservative Union
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group
Phil Kerpen
President
American Commitment
Rick Scarborough
President
Recover America Now
Jeff Hunt
Director
Centennial Institute
The Honorable Mike Hill
Representative
Florida State House
J. Craig Brown II
CEO
Christian Healthcare Ministries
Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
Michelle Easton
President
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation
Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America
Dr. Frank Wright
CEO
D. James Kennedy Ministries
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Former staff member
Office of the Vice President
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com
Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association
Dr. Mark A. Smith
President
Columbia International University
Eaton Hopkins
President
Liberty Surgical
Tom DeWeese
President
American Policy Center
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
Colleen Holcomb
President
Eagle Forum
Chad Connelly
President
Faith Wins
Rob Gluskin
Managing Partner
Gluskin Investment Partners
Martha Boneta
President
Vote America First
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
Jason Jones
President
Movie to Movement
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
Karen England
Executive Director
Capitol Resource Institute
Kelly Monroe Kullberg
Senior Advisor
American Association of Evangelicals (AAE)
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park
Dr. Richard G. Lee
President
There’s Hope America
E.W. Jackson, Sr.
Founder & President
STAND Foundation, Inc.
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Richard Wright
Owner
R & S LLC
Sheryl Kaufman
Corporate Chief Economist, Retired
Phillips Petroleum Company
Rebecca Hagelin
CEO
United in Purpose
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Preston Hawkins
Chairman
Association for Community Education dba Radio Nueva Vida
Glenn P. Story
Co-founder
Patriot Mobile
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications Corporation
John Scribante
Principal Owner
XPACE, LLC
Dr. Paige Patterson
President
Sandy Creek Foundation
William P. Mills, III
Owner
MPW Properties
Matthew Tyrmand
Principal
Matthew Tyrmand LLC
The Honorable Peter Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action
Penna Dexter
Co-host
Point of View Radio
Robert Hilarides
Owner
Hilarides Dairy, Sierra Cattle, Hilarides Trans. Co.
Andresen Blom
President
Hawaiian Values
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Melissa Kaye Ortiz
Administrator/Blogger for DC Belle on Wheels
Founder/Principal, Able Americans
Kevin Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute
Amy Kremer
Chairman
Women for America First
Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr.
Vice President & Legal Director
National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc.
Kylie Jane Kremer
Executive Director
Women for America First
Sean Noble
President
American Encore
Ralph A Rebandt, II
Lead Pastor
Oakland Hills Community Church
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Somers H. White
Former Arizona State Senator
Ralph Benko
Chairman
The Capitalist League
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National tax Limitation Committee
Catherine Glenn Foster
President & CEO
Americans United for Life
Kielle C. Horton
President
The Lindsey Foundation
Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
The Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
Heather R. Higgins
CEO
Independent Women’s Voice
Tammy Bruce
President
Independent Women’s Voice
Carrie Lukas
President
Independent Women’s Forum
Jennifer Braceras
Director
Independent Women’s Law Center
Tim Chapman
Executive Director
Stand for America
Bob Carlstrom
President
AMAC Action
Jeremy Cerone
CEO
EliteSafe Inc.

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