The following is an open letter from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:
Working people like us work hard and do the job we were paid to do every day. We don’t just do the parts of the job that we like or choose when to show up on the job.
Sadly, we can’t say the same of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many Senate Republican leaders. Right now, they’re refusing to do the job they were elected to do and consider and confirm a qualified nominee to fill the vacancy created at the U.S. Supreme Court from Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing over the weekend.
This issue isn’t about party or politics. It’s about our lawmakers doing what they agreed to when they were elected to the Senate—period. One of the most important parts of being a senator is fulfilling your constitutional duty to review and vote on nominees.
They’re trying to make excuses for not doing this essential work but, contrary to what they’re saying, there is plenty of time for Congress to fill this vacancy and precedent for confirming a nominee in an election year, even when the Senate isn’t controlled by the party of the president.
We don’t make excuses at our jobs even when we might not like something we’re asked to do or work with someone we might not like. Our senators shouldn’t do that either. It’s time they stop with the politics and do their jobs.