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Senate's Obstruction Could Cost Taxpayers, Litigants


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Senate's Obstruction Could Cost Taxpayers, Litigants

WASHINGTON - Statement by Stephen Spaulding, Common Cause Legal Director and Senior Policy Counsel

Today’s Supreme Court deadlock in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association demonstrates how the obstructionist tactics of Sen. McConnell and his allies risk wasting time and money for litigants and taxpayers for the next year, and perhaps longer. We are almost certain to see more such 4-4 splits unless the Senate does its job on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. This is the second 4-4 split decision in the past seven days.

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