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Politics Democrats One or Two Votes Shy of GOP Support Needed to Block Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

04:46  22 september  2020
04:46  22 september  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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But as of Monday evening, it appeared Republicans had enough support to fill the shoes of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—potentially even before Election Day.

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Only one GOP lawmaker, Senator Mitt Romney, had yet to break his silence as of Monday night. The Utah Republican said he plans to make a statement about his position after Senate Republicans' weekly lunch on Tuesday.

But even if Romney opposes confirming a new justice in the run-up to the November 3 election, it appears almost certain that Democrats will be one vote shy. Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), some of the chamber's most vulnerable Republicans, have been the only GOP senators to say the winner of the presidential election should determine who replaces Ginsburg. The liberal justice died on Friday at the age of 87 of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Several Republicans in tough re-election races, including Cory Gardner (Col.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Kelly Loeffler (Ga.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa), have issued statements or interviews that indicate they would vote to confirm a Trump nominee, even before the election.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday vowed to hold a vote on Trump's forthcoming nominee "this year," with strong suggestions that he'll try to confirm them prior to Election Day.

Democrats' final sliver of hope lies with Ernst, whose statement was vague and said she would "evaluate the nominee" once a final name is offered. Trump has a shortlist of five potential choices. His final decision is expected sometime this weekend.

"Once the president puts forward his nominee for the Supreme Court, I will carry out my duty—as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee—to evaluate the nominee for our nation's highest court," Ernst said in a statement.

Democrats have lambasted their Republican colleagues for pushing to replace Ginsburg just 43 days before the election, accusing them of hypocrisy because of McConnell blocking President Barack Obama's nominee in 2016 more than 200 days before that year's November contest.

Republicans have defended their newfound position by arguing that unlike under Obama, the same party now controls the White House and the Senate, acting as a mandate from the American people to confirm judicial nominees.

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Two female judges top Trump ’ s Supreme Court nominee list. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the former chair of the Judiciary Committee who blocked a hearing on President Barack Obama's nominee in 2016, reversed course Monday and said Democrats need two more votes to thwart the nomination.

Chances that Trump nominee could be blocked diminishing. GOP Senator Lamar Alexander said Sunday he backs moving ahead with confirmation of President Donald Trump ’ s Supreme Court nominee , dealing a major blow to dwindling Democratic hopes of keeping the seat vacant until

"When a president exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent," Gardner said in a statement on Monday. "Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm."

Senator Chuck Grassley, who is not a vulnerable member but who was previously considered a toss-up, also threw his support behind confirming Trump's nominee on Monday. This despite the former Senate Judiciary chairman saying in July that he would oppose moving forward so close to a presidential election.

"Make no mistake: if the shoe were on the other foot, Senate Democrats wouldn't hesitate to use their Constitutional authority and anything else at their disposal to fill this seat," Grassley said in a statement.

"Over the years, and as recently as July, I've consistently said that taking up and evaluating a nominee in 2020 would be a decision for the current chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Senate majority leader," he continued. "Both have confirmed their intentions to move forward, so that's what will happen. Once the hearings are underway, it's my responsibility to evaluate the nominee on the merits, just as I always have."

This is a developing story and will be updated with additional information as it becomes available

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