In a speech on the Senate floor Thursday, U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas urged Senate Democrats to tone down the rhetoric about the replacement of U.S. Supreme Court Antonin Scalia and focus on bipartisan bills that are on the floor now.
“This is a matter of disagreement,” he said. “There is no question about it. But it doesn’t mean that just because we are divided along party lines on this matter, that there’s other things we can’t do together.”
He said the grandstanding has shifted the focus of the Congress. Scalia was found dead in his bed on Feb. 13 after quail hunting the day before in Marfa. It has been the subject of controversy since County
Judge Cinderela Guevara pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes without seeing the body. She said she instead spoke to Scalia’s physician and that the family declined an autopsy since he had many health problems.
“So I would ask our friends across the aisle, while they come out on the floor or give press conferences and express mock horror … to tone down the rhetoric and avoid the hypocrisy that seems so apparent when they argue for different standards today than they advocated in the past,” he said.
He said bipartisan energy legislation and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act are among the work Congress could focus on to accomplish meaningful change while Scalia’s replacement is found.