Tuesday, September 22, 2020

McConnell: There's Time to Confirm Trump's SCOTUS Pick Before Election; Clinton, Biden, and Schumer All Push To Wait for Election Before SCOTUS Nom, But What Did They Say in 2016? and related stories

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McConnell: There's time to confirm Trump's Supreme Court pick before election:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday that President Trump’s Supreme Court pick will get a vote in his chamber this year, saying there is plenty of time to confirm the nominee before the election.
There are 43 days before Nov. 3. The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed in 42 days, once the Senate received the official nomination. Similarly, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed in 33 days and the late Justice John Paul Stevens was confirmed in only 19 days.
“This Senate will vote on this nomination this year,” the Kentucky Republican said on the chamber floor. “The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination. History and precedent make that perfectly clear.”
He said Senate Democrats tried to obstruct the confirmations of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh before, so he suspects they will try a third time.
“Now they appear readying a more appalling sequel,” he said. --->READ MORE HERE
Clinton, Biden, and Schumer All Push To Wait for Election Before SCOTUS Nom, But What Did They Say in 2016?:
Once Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would consider any nominee put forth for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s now-vacant Supreme Court seat, the battle was on.
Late Friday, shortly after news of Ginsburg’s death became public, McConnell offered his condolences and said that the conditions that led Senate Republicans to not consider Obama nominee Merrick Garland didn’t apply in 2020.
“In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term,” McConnell said in a statement.
“We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.
“By contrast, Americans re-elected 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,” the statement continued. --->READ MORE HERE
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