Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) signaled Tuesday that he supports moving forward with the Senate vote on President Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during an election year.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Monday that the Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before Election Day.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told reporters Friday night that the winner of the presidential race should be the person who gets to pick the successor for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court. “But there is no doubt. Let me be clear that the voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider,” Biden said Friday night at New Castle Airport in Delaware after a campaign trip to Minnesota. Biden in brief three minute remarks noted how Senate Republicans in 2016 blocked President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, from getting a hearing ten months or fill the vacant before the 2016 election. “This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election,” Biden said. “That’s the position the United States Senate must take today. And the election is only 46 days off. I think the fastest justice ever confirmed was 47 days, and the average is closer to 70 days. And so they should do this with full consideration, and that is my hope and expectation what will happen.” McConnell vowed Friday night to move whomever President Trump nominates to fill Ginsburg’s seat from his list of 43 names to get a Senate floor vote. “Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise,” McConnell said in a statement. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” Senate Democrats quickly called a hold to fill the seat until next year. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer using McConnell’s exact quote from 2016 to tweet that the Majority Leader should follow his own rules to let the next president fill the vacancy. “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” Schumer tweeted.
President Trump reacted to the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday night, calling her “an amazing woman” that “led an amazing life” when learning the breaking news from reporters following a campaign rally.
Republicans close to the President are overwhelming rejecting President Trump’s suggestion to delay the November election due to concerns of mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud, saying the election will proceed as planned.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) formally unveiled the GOP coronavirus relief proposal on Monday, after a week of disagreements between the White House and fellow Senate Republicans that will now set the stage for a showdown with Democrats over a fifth package bill before the August Recess.