President Barack Obama announced Wednesday morning that he is nominating Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Garland is currently a federal appeals judge for the District of Columbia.
In a statement from the White House Wednesday, President Obama said, “I’m confident you’ll share my conviction that this American is not only eminently qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, but deserves a fair hearing, and an up-or-down vote. In putting forward a nominee today, I am fulfilling my constitutional duty. I’m doing my job. I hope that our Senators will do their jobs, and move quickly to consider my nominee. That is what the Constitution dictates, and that’s what the American people expect and deserve from their leaders.”