WASHINGTON, April 7, 2017 – The following may be attributed to Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation: “Neil Gorsuch is now a Supreme Court Justice. His undisputed qualifications as a jurist and legal scholar leave no doubt that he is precisely the sort of Justice this nation needs. Calm, steady and consistent, Justice Gorsuch has demonstrated time and again that his only goal is to faithfully apply the Constitution and the laws as written by Congress. This is essential to America’s farmers and ranchers as cases affecting their very ability to produce food and fiber reach the nation’s highest court.
“Chief Justice Roberts has repeatedly reminded us of the limits of judicial power and judges’ vital role as neutral arbiters. ‘Nobody,’ Roberts said, ‘ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.’ But a great umpire is exactly the person we want to see when we go to court. Justice Gorsuch is that umpire. His confirmation should restore our trust in the nation’s highest court to restore constitutional limits to government that has too often run roughshod over them.”