Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell signaled clearly that Republicans will move to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of iconic liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
McConnell said in a statement “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.”
He added definitively “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
McConnell will need the support of 50 of his 53 Senators in order to fill the seat, which may be a difficult task.
Breaking News: Senator Mitch McConnell said he would move forward quickly with President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. https://t.co/xJBjURzEPb pic.twitter.com/EbosiwzGcf
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 19, 2020
Meanwhile, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer has already tweeted fierce opposition to filling the seat, tweeting “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.”
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.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020