Senate President Bill Galvano and Speaker Jose Oliva joined legislative leaders across the country in supporting Amy Coney Barrett‘s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Both Republican leaders signed onto a letter with lawmakers from 50 states and 92 legislative chambers to “express our full confidence” in President Donald Trump’s selection of Barrett. Confirmation hearings began Monday for the potential Justice.
Trump tapped Barrett to fill a vacancy left after liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.
“President Trump has been transparent with the American people about who he has considered, and he was prompt in putting forth a nominee for your consideration,” the letter from legislative leaders reads.
“This was consistent with more than 200 years of precedent. Indeed, there have been more than two dozen Supreme Court vacancies during an election year or before an inauguration. In each of those cases, the sitting President made a nomination to the nation’s highest court.”
Barrett was notably chosen over Florida Judge Barbara Lagoa.
Galvano and Oliva, the top-ranking state lawmakers in the state, preside over the Florida Senate and House respectively. They were the only Florida lawmakers on the list of signatories, which includes 14 Senate Presidents