Shreveport, L.A. – Army Veteran and Senate Candidate Mayor Adrian Perkins issued the following statement related to the vacancy created on the Supreme Court due to the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
“Our nation continues to mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As I said last night, she was a trailblazer and an icon who championed equal rights in her nearly three decades on the United States Supreme Court and her storied legal career was an inspiration for millions, particularly for women across the country. In the coming days, we will continue to reflect on the life and contributions of this remarkable woman and keep Justice Ginsburg’s family in our thoughts and prayers.
There will be much debate about the process by which her seat on the nation’s highest court is filled. Louisiana families are facing a pandemic and the Supreme Court decides the fate of issues, like the Affordable Care Act, that have serious consequences for the American people. The American people are heading to the polls in November and their voice must be heard. I believe Senate Republicans should follow the precedent they established in 2016 and defer filling this vacancy to the next President and Senate elected by the people.
Many working people in Louisiana have also lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and as we speak, more than 400,000 Louisianans’ unemployment benefits disappeared after months of inaction from Senator Cassidy and Senate Republicans. Washington’s political and partisan battles are making Louisianans sick. The decision for filling the Supreme Court belongs to the voters and the next Congress. Bill Cassidy and Mitch McConnell should put politics aside and focus their attention on struggling families and get to work on passing a relief package for the American people.”