WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the need to wait until after the presidential inauguration to fill her seat:
"I am filled with gratitude for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's extraordinary life that inspired America. For over a quarter of a century, she served on our nation’s highest court with conviction and intellect, inspiring generations of women and young girls to stand firm in their fight for equality. Justice Ginsburg was a champion for women – and all Americans – and an icon whose legacy will endure.
"It is absolutely critical that we honor the final wishes of Justice Ginsburg and fill her seat only after the next president is inaugurated. With just weeks before the presidential election, we must let the American people decide when they cast their ballots in November. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set a precedent for this very situation. I will commit to holding the Majority Leader and all Senate Republicans accountable to their own standard. Anything less would be hypocrisy at its worst and a grave injustice to the American people."