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Luther Strange
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 February 1, 2017

ATTORNEY GENERAL STRANGE JOINS COALITION OF 20 ATTORNEYS GENERAL CALLING FOR PROMPT CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange today wrote the leadership of the United States Senate urging the prompt confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. 

In a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, Attorney General Strange and 19 other Attorneys General described Judge Gorsuch as “an outstanding jurist with a proven commitment to upholding the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law.  We have no doubt that he possesses the qualifications, temperament and judicial philosophy to be an excellent Associate Justice.”

Attorney General Strange and the other Attorneys General further noted President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Gorsuch was in keeping with the will of the American people who wish to see the late Justice Scalia’s seat on the High Court filled by someone who will carry on his tradition of upholding the Constitution rather than rewriting it.

“President Trump campaigned on the promise that he would fill the seat formerly occupied by Justice Antonin Scalia with a jurist who shared the late Justice’s commitment to interpreting the Constitution as written, rather than as judges might wish it were written. Now that he has been elected, President Trump has fulfilled that campaign promise through the nomination of Judge Gorsuch, a committed constitutionalist. The Senate should respect the will of the voters in this last election by confirming President Trump’s choice without delay.

“Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court will have a profound and positive impact on the people in our States. Over the past eight years, the people have suffered from the massive federal overreach in Washington, D.C. as all three branches of government have at times exceeded the limits placed on their authority under the Constitution. In particular, the executive branch has placed onerous and unlawful regulatory burdens on consumers, employees, investors, and businesses. Judge Gorsuch will help reverse that trend by ensuring that the legislative and executive branches, whether controlled by either party, act within their constitutionally assigned roles.”

Alabama joined the letter with West Virginia, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

A copy of the Attorneys General letter is attached

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