June 23, 2016

Kaine Statement On United States v. Texas Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States. v. Texas

“The Supreme Court’s split decision on DAPA and DACA is a setback, but the fight to bring millions of families in Virginia and across the country out of the shadows is far from over. President Obama made a lawful and moral decision to ensure law abiding families will not be torn apart because of Congress’ refusal to address our broken immigration system, and I will continue to do everything I can to support this effort. 

”The tie vote in two rulings today, including this key immigration case, also shows how destructive the Republican blockade on filling the Supreme Court is to the rule of law. Instead of following their Constitutional duty to advise and consent on appointments - the clear statutory command that the Court have nine members and the compelling historical precedent of prompt confirmation hearings - the majority is engaging in a concerted plan to weaken the judicial branch of government. It is a sad day when one branch of government believes it can gain political advantage by undermining another branch.  If nothing else, the Republican blockade on the Court should show all Americans what's truly at stake this November.”

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