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Politics McConnell consolidates GOP support for SCOTUS nomination vote but timing unclear

05:10  22 september  2020
05:10  22 september  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

McConnell vows quick vote on next justice; Biden says wait

  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.

Mitch McConnell vowed to vote on Supreme Court nomination this year. Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump want Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made key progress Monday in locking down Republican support for a vote this year -- possibly even before

Citing historical precedent, McConnell argued that the Senate has plenty of time to confirm a This year there is a GOP majority in the Senate and President Trump is a Republican president. "The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination . History and precedent make that

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made key progress Monday in locking down Republican support for a vote this year -- possibly even before Election Day -- to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the chamber to speak about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 21, 2020. © J. Scott Applewhite/AP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the chamber to speak about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 21, 2020.

Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, who Democrats had hoped might side with their objections, instead said he was good with moving forward on President Donald Trump's expected nomination.

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  Protest outside Mitch McConnell's home as he pushes for SCOTUS pick Protesters gathered outside Mitch McConnell's home on Saturday to demand he stop pushing forward with a new SCOTUS pick just a day after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.McConnell vowed on Friday night, hours after the death of Ginsburg, also known as RBG, to call a vote for whomever President Donald Trump nominated as her replacement. RBG died at the age of 87 Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will likely be able to push the Senate to consider a nomination to the Supreme Court after several Republicans made statements of support on Monday. "Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm."

GOP aides are skeptical that there is enough time to confirm a nominee before November 3, given that Supreme Court nominees typically take two to But that process could be sped up if McConnell , who controls the majority of the chamber, has the votes to confirm a replacement, and there is enough

"While there was ambiguity about the American people's will for the direction of the Supreme Court in 2016 under a divided government, there is no such ambiguity in 2020," Grassley said in a statement.

"So, 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," he added.

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Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, in a fierce reelection battle and another Democratic target, while refusing to answer reporters' questions Monday about where he stood, said in a statement it was up to the GOP-controlled Senate to decide.

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Graham reverses earlier statements, supports Trump filling SCOTUS vacancy. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Monday night said his party has enough votes to confirm a new Supreme Two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, indicated they would not vote

McConnell vowed on Friday night, hours after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to call a vote for whomever President Donald Trump nominated as her replacement. As Senate leader, McConnell would determine when or if a vote on a nomination would be held.

"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.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the chamber to speak about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 21, 2020. © J. Scott Applewhite/AP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the chamber to speak about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 21, 2020.

Another GOP senator, Mitt Romney of Utah, has said he will not be announcing his position immediately as others have.

A spokeswoman for Romney told ABC News that the senator wants to consult with his GOP colleagues at a weekly lunch Tuesday before making any decisions.

Romney, the lone Republican to vote to convict Trump in the impeachment trial earlier this year, is one of few Republicans who could potentially scuttle the planned vote.

McConnell can afford to lose only three of his conference members and still keep a Trump nominee on track to a final confirmation vote. Currently, there are two -- Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine -- who say they do not back a confirmation vote before the election.

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  Murkowski opposes filling Supreme Court seat before the election Murkowski is the second Republican, behind Senator Susan Collins of Maine, to voice opposition to filling the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the November election. She is the second Republican senator to oppose a pre-election vote. MSNBC Questioned about why 2020 is different from 2016, with the election now less than 50 days away, McConnell and other Republican senators have said the White House and the Senate are now both controlled by the same party, the GOP. McConnell is, however, facing opposition to charging ahead with a nominee from within his party.

Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the Nov. We're going to move forward in the committee, we're going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before

Fox News Channel’s Jeanine Pirro sees opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision to proceed with nominating a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court from within the Republican caucus in the U.S. Senate as something that goes against the Constitution.

Trump has said he plans to name a nominee by week's end and wants to have his replacement confirmed by Nov. 3. But historically, Congress has taken far longer to complete the entire process, an average of 70 days, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

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Other Republicans to watch include centrists such as Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, though insiders say they would be surprised if the pair bucked their party leadership and Trump.

Over the weekend, institutionalists like Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Rob Portman, R-Ind., made it clear they are behind McConnell and Trump.

Mitt Romney wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: Senator Mitt Romney speaks during the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting on Capitol Hill, Sept. 16, 2020. © Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP, FILE Senator Mitt Romney speaks during the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting on Capitol Hill, Sept. 16, 2020.

In a Senate floor speech Monday on the Supreme Court vacancy, McConnell -- who began with a tribute to the late Ginsburg -- said point blank what he had indicated in his paper statement over the weekend, "President Trump's nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate."

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McConnell has said that the president’s nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate” but has been careful about not saying when that will happen. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have both said they won’t support a confirmation vote before Election Day.

McConnell even ruled out meeting with Obama's forthcoming nominee: "I would not be inclined to take one myself." Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, a member of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters earlier in the day after members of the panel huddled with Senate GOP leaders in McConnell 's office.

He took aim at what he called "reckless" Democratic efforts to stop a vote.

"Now, already, some of the same individuals who tried every conceivable dirty trick to obstruct Justice (Neil) Gorsuch and Justice (Brett) Kavanaugh are lining up, lining up to declare the third time will be the charm."

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Without committing to a vote before the election, McConnell made clear he thinks there's plenty of time to confirm a Trump nominee before year's end.

"We're already hearing incorrect claims that there is not sufficient time to examine and confirm a nominee," he said. "We can debunk this myth in about 30 seconds."

McConnell warned of the coming attacks by Democrats and their allies, saying, "Two years ago, a radical movement tried to use unproven accusations to ruin a man's life, because they could not win a vote fair and square. Now they appear to be readying an even more appalling sequel. This time, the target will not just be the innocence for one American, but our very governing institutions themselves."

a man wearing a suit and tie sitting in a chair: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Washington, March 5, 2020. © ABC News Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Washington, March 5, 2020.

Speaking after McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said much "hangs in the balance," ticking off a wide-ranging list of consequences for everything from health care to climate change.

Sen. Gardner, Trailing Hickenlooper in Colorado, Backs SCOTUS Seat Push

  Sen. Gardner, Trailing Hickenlooper in Colorado, Backs SCOTUS Seat Push The Colorado senator has said he will support a "qualified nominee" who will "protect our constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law," should one be put forward.Gardner released a statement in which he outlined his commitment to voting to confirm should a "qualified nominee" who will "protect our constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law," be put forward.

"The right to join a union, marry who you love, freely exercise your right to vote, the right of a parent with a child who has cancer not to watch helpless as their son or daughter suffers without proper health care -- if you care about these things and the kind of country we live in -- this election and this vacancy mean everything and by all rights -- by every modicum of decency and honor -- Leader McConnell and the Republican senate majority have no right -- no right to fill it."

He laid into McConnell, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham and other Republicans for reversing position on filling a court seat in an election year after not allowing a vote on President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland in 2016.

"Why even bother constructing a pretense for your position? Why say it's this rule or that rule and then do the exact opposite when it suits your interests. Why not just come to the floor and say -- I'm going to do whatever's best for my political party -- consistency be damned, reason be damned, democracy be damned. Just admit it."

He warned that a handful of Republicans have it in their power to save the Senate, saying, "Tell me how -- tell me how this would not spell the end of this supposedly great body?"

"I don't see how. There's only one way -- one way for us to have some hope of coming together again, trusting each other again lowering the temperature – moving forward -- and that is for four brave Senate Republicans to commit to rejecting any nominee until the next president is installed. That was Justice Ginsburg's dying wish and it may be the Senate's only last hope," Schumer said.

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