Republicans vow no vote, hearing on Obama Supreme Court pick

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February 24, 2016

Key Republican senators vowed Tuesday not to vote or even hold a hearing on any Supreme Court nominee by President Obama to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia — a move likely to put the replacement process in a holding pattern, for now.

Though some GOP lawmakers appeared to waver in recent days in their opposition to considering a nominee, party leaders largely united Tuesday.

First, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his party will not permit a vote. Then, every GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Committee penned a letter pledging not to even hold a hearing until the next president is sworn into office.

“[W]e wish to inform you of our intention to exercise our constitutional authority to withhold consent on any nominee to the Supreme Court submitted by this President to fill Justice Scalia’s vacancy,” they wrote in the letter to McConnell.

“Because our decision is based on constitutional principle and born of a necessity to protect the will of the American people, this Committee will not hold hearings on any Supreme Court nominee until after our next President is sworn in on January 20, 2017.”

  • Mary Eleanor Urso

    I’m not holding my breath on this one. Since when did any Senator (on either side of the political aisle) concern himself with “protecting the will of the American people”? Most are only concerned with protecting their continued membership in the “Senators Club”. The minute the Democrats turn this into “those obstructionist Republicans” and the main stream media runs with the story of “just another case of Republican obstructionism”, they’ll drop like flies.

  • Greg137

    WHY THE HELL DOES KENTUCKY EVEN VOTE FOR MITCH?!?! HE IS NOT A REPUBLICAN!!! HE IS JUST LIKE CRY-BABY BOEHNER!!! IF YOU CAN’T VOTE FOR THE INTEGRITY OF THE PARTY YOU CLAIM TO BE APART OF THEN GET OUT!!!! MCCONNELL NEEDS TO STOP GETTING ELECTED!!! KENTUCKY BLUE VOTERS ARE INFECTING THE KENTUCKY REPUBLICAN ELECTION PROCESS AND IT NEEDS TO STOP…

  • CCblogging

    If the Republicans sell America out again by approving an Obama nomination, then I will never vote Republican again. Question: What will the Republicans do if Obama appoints a judge by issuing another unconstitutional executive order??

    • Karll

      I don’t think that’s possible, not even for this lawless admin.
      If he tries, that will be more fecal material he can add to the manure
      cart he calls his “legacy”.

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