Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia:
“I extend my deepest condolences to Justice Scalia’s family and friends, including his colleagues on the Supreme Court. His influence cannot be denied. Although I do not agree with some of his judicial opinions, I admired and respected his love for the Constitution and his dedication to the Court and our nation.
“Over the coming days and weeks, Justice Scalia will be mourned and remembered. However, the work of the Supreme Court will continue. There are important cases pending before the Court, and the prospect of 4-4 decisions is not in the public interest and does a profound disservice to the notions of swift and equal justice in this country.
“The president’s authority to fill judicial vacancies remains constant for the duration of his term. President Obama has an obligation to put forward a nominee to succeed Justice Scalia and the Senate has an obligation to quickly consider that nominee. To do otherwise would undermine the branches of government, and leave our country in a precarious position. The American people need a government that works.”