BISMARCK, ND — The Democratic NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen’s statement on the life and death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the plan by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on a nominee, directly contradicting his previous actions and words. Voting has already begun in several states:
The Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen said:
“Justice Ginsburg is an iconic symbol in the ongoing fight for gender equality in our country. She started her legal career at a time when few women were in the field, and she excelled at every step of the way through steady perseverance. Her success came in spite of the numerous hurdles placed in front of her and all women seeking a new role in America. She never met a roadblock she could not leap over. And when she reached the other side, she turned around and worked to remove the obstruction, so the path was clearer for the rest of us.
Justice Ginsburg’s impression on our judicial system will be long-lasting and remarkable. While she did not always get it right, her stances on gender equality, on upholding voting rights and the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals, and on expanding access to healthcare made her a stalwart of progressive values. She was known for her fiery dissents, which she wrote with an understanding and vision that her words would lay the groundwork for the future of law in any given case.
While we deeply mourn her loss, Republicans across the country have already made it clear they are committed to hastily pushing through a new nomination, even though voting has already started in several states. Our own Sen. John Hoeven affirmed his position in 2016 that the “people should have a say” in naming a replacement for our nation’s highest court when an election is near.
Sen. Hoeven, do those sentiments remain now that you are on the other side of the vote? Do the American people still deserve a voice in this process? We demand that you, and Sen. Kevin Cramer, uphold the very principles that you and so many of your Republican colleagues asserted in 2016. Let the people have a say. There must be no confirmation vote on a Supreme Court nominee until after a new president is inaugurated.”