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Wyden, Bonamici weigh in on SCOTUS debate

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Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici joined other local leaders Friday to discuss the opening on the United States Supreme Court. (KPTV) Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici joined other local leaders Friday to discuss the opening on the United States Supreme Court. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The debate continues over filling Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

While some Republicans don't want President Obama to nominate someone, saying it should fall to the next president, federal legislators from Oregon contend the spot needs to be filled quickly.

While speaking at the Planned Parenthood building on Northeast MLK Boulevard Friday, local Democratic leaders discussed the importance of filling that vacancy.

Senator Ron Wyden said the longer that seat sits empty, the more it damages the Constitution.

He also said the delay sets a negative precedent - that the high court can wait hundreds of days before deliberating on a case.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici agreed, adding that the only just thing was to have a full court.

"There is a lot at stake. The United States Supreme Court deals with critical issues that affect everyday life of Oregonians and Americans,” she said. “It is only right and only just for the Supreme Court to have each seat filled."

According to a CNN - ORC poll, 58 percent of Americans want President Obama to nominate a candidate for the open seat.

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