Politics Replacing Justice Ginsburg could depend on Arizona's next senator

18:02  21 september  2020
18:02  21 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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  McConnell vows quick vote on next justice; Biden says wait WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just six weeks before the election cast an immediate spotlight on the crucial high court vacancy, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly vowing to bring to a vote whoever President Donald Trump nominates. Democratic nominee Joe Biden vigorously disagreed, declaring that "voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice to consider.” require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); McConnell, who sets the calendar in the U.S.

Shortly after Ginsburg passed away, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released a statement, vowing to hold a vote for "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

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said he would move forward with President Trump’ s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, who controls the legislative agenda of the Senate and can call for a vote on a nominee

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a group of people standing in front of United States Supreme Court Building: Replacing Justice Ginsburg could depend on Arizona's next senator © Greg Nash Replacing Justice Ginsburg could depend on Arizona's next senator

At the moment, President Trump appears committed to nominating a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says any nominee "will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." But exactly when will that happen?

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“Six justices will represent just a small segment of the American population. I do think in that instance it' s important to reassert balance on the Supreme Aron is helping to spearhead the left’ s effort to block Republicans from filling Ginsburg ’ s seat. She said Republicans appear to have the votes they

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois and the minority whip in the chamber, says a woman will replace U. S . Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the bench. So Senator it would have been tragic for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to pass away at any time.

Some Democrats, such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, have expressed consternation at the thought that Republicans would force a vote before the November election. That could harm the GOP senators trying to retain Senate seats in tough contests. (It's always possible it could help them, but that's not the likely net effect.) So, the betting seems to be that Sen. McConnell will wait to conduct the floor vote until after the election, during the lame-duck session.

While undoubtedly lawful, that would obviously be controversial if former vice president Joe Biden were to win the presidency and the Democrats were to take the Senate.

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WASHINGTON — Arizona ' s critical Senate race has suddenly taken on extra weight, because Democrat Mark Kelly could potentially be sworn in early enough to vote on a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if he wins. Kelly, a former astronaut and the husband

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday and lie He also told reporters that he will “probably” nominate a replacement for Ginsburg on Saturday, after President Trump attacked Democratic opponent Joe Biden as “the dumbest senator ” and Sen .

But now, a new wrinkle.

Republicans will control the Senate until at least Jan. 3, 2021, when the new Congress begins, and new members are sworn in. At the moment, they have a 53-47 advantage, but it may not remain that way through the end of the current session.

In Arizona, the Senate contest this year is a special election, pitting the Republican incumbent, Sen. Martha McSally, against Democrat Mark Kelly, a popular former astronaut and husband of Gabby Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman who tragically suffered a severe brain injury when she was shot by a lunatic in 2012. McSally lost her Senate bid in 2018 to Democrat Krysten Sinema. (Both were members of the House at the time.) Nevertheless, the state's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, appointed McSally in 2019 to assume the unexpired term of Sen. John McCain, who had died in August 2018 after being reelected in 2016. Ducey had previously named former Sen. Jon Kyl to take McCain's seat, but Kyl announced that he would return to retirement rather than seek reelection in 2020; McSally was thus appointed in 2019, after Kyl vacated the seat.

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The next two chief justices , William Rehnquist and John Roberts, were also deeply conservative. Fifty-two years after Johnson mismanaged Warren’ s retirement, the chief If Trump replaces Ginsburg , the effect could be similarly long-lasting. The political battles of the next few months — both the court

If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U. S . Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, shrinking the GOP’ s Senate majority at a crucial moment and Trump has pledged to nominate a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg , a liberal icon who died Friday, and Senate Majority

Because McSally is appointed rather than elected, and because the Arizona election is a special one rather than the regularly scheduled one in 2022 (the end of the term that Sen. McCain had won), McSally is not necessarily entitled to keep the seat until the next session of Congress begins on Jan. 3. Kelly is ahead in the polls, comfortably so in most of them. Under Arizona law, the winner of the special election could be sworn in immediately after the final canvass of balloting toward the end of November - meaning that Kelly could be a senator by Nov. 30.

According to the Senate calendar, the lame-duck session starts the week of Monday, Nov. 9, and continues for two weeks through Friday, Nov. 20 (except for Veterans Day, on Nov. 11). Then, there is a scheduled adjournment the business week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 through 27 - Thanksgiving is Nov. 26). After that, the lame-duck session is scheduled to resume Nov. 30 and continue through Dec. 18, although the session does not formally end until the new session begins on Jan. 3.

If Kelly is elected on Nov. 3, the Republicans' 53-47 majority would shrink to 52-48 when he arrives. Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowsi of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have already announced that they will not vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice prior to the presidential election, nor, presumably, during the lame-duck session if Biden wins the election. (Sen. Collins has been explicit about the latter, and Sen. Murkowski's statements indicate that she thinks the appointment should be made by whoever is elected president on Nov. 3.)

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, leaving a Given she was appointed to the seat, her replacement could be seated in November, giving Republicans just two votes to spare. The Republican Alaska senator has routinely positioned herself as a tough vote for the GOP, and she

Ginsburg was the oldest justice and the second ever woman to sit on the Supreme Court, where Image caption Ruth Bader Ginsburg , a passionate champion of women' s rights, was the oldest It all depends on what President Trump and the Republicans choose to do next . They could try to fill the

If Trump loses to Biden and McSally loses to Kelly, then Leader McConnell's window for getting a Trump nominee confirmed during the lame-duck session appears to be narrow - from Nov. 9 to 23. It could be stretched on the back end into Thanksgiving week, but it may be curtailed on the front end if there is uncertainty about who has prevailed in the presidential election. Controversies and challenges are virtually certain to erupt over millions of mail-in ballots, many of which will arrive after Election Day even if they are postmarked on or before.

Consequently, getting a Trump nominee confirmed would be a very heavy lift. There already are two defections, and McConnell can only afford three before Kelly could arrive around Nov. 30. At that point, there will be no more margin for losses. Given the blistering heat that Democrats and their media allies would turn up against the GOP and Trump's nominee if the president has lost the election, it seems unlikely, to put it mildly, that there would be no other defections - not even, say, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the lone Republican vote to remove the president at the impeachment trial.

Sen. McConnell's best bet to get a Trump nominee confirmed is probably to try to do it before the election, which is only six weeks away. Alas, that may also make the GOP's chance of holding on to the Senate - and thus the party's ability to block future Biden nominees - more tenuous.

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Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy is a senior fellow at National Review Institute, a contributing editor at National Review and a Fox News contributor. His latest book is "Ball of Collusion." Follow him on Twitter @AndrewCMcCarthy.

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