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Jackass/Counterjackass: Harry Reid debates Harry Reid about Senate’s constitutional responsibility

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By Doug Powers  •  March 24, 2016 08:05 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Welcome to Harry Reid’s self-contradictory debate segment “Jackass/Counterjackass.”

Let’s jump right in with today’s issue, which is the Senate’s responsibility to vote on SCOTUS nominees. The first point will be argued by Sen. Harry Reid 2016:

“With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible. It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme Court to go a year with a vacant seat. Failing to fill this vacancy would be a shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential Constitutional responsibilities.”

The opposing point will be argued by Sen. Harry Reid 2005:

β€œThe duties of the Senate are set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has a duty to give Presidential nominees a vote. It says appointments shall be made with the advice and consent of the Senate. That is very different than saying every nominee receives a vote.”

Our debate judges, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden and Barack Obama, are deadlocked because they all agree with both Harry Reids.

**Written by Doug Powers

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