FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today called on the U.S. Senate to delay the confirmation of a new Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court until after the swearing-in of a newly-elected President in 2017:

I believe the next Supreme Court appointment should be made by President Obama’s successor in the Oval Office.  History shows it has been common practice for the U.S. Senate to stop acting on lifetime appointments during the last year of a presidential term.  In fact, it has been 80 years since a Supreme Court nominee has been nominated and confirmed during the last year of a presidency.  Delaying the Senate confirmation process until after the November elections will give the American people a voice in the selection process and allow the newly-elected President — Republican or Democrat — the opportunity to fill a vacancy that could reshape our Nation’s highest court for generations.”