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Politics Graham: "We got the votes to confirm" nominee before election

10:46  22 september  2020
10:46  22 september  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Senator Lindsey Graham , the chair of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday on "Hannity" that Republicans have the votes to confirm a nominee to fill Republicans hold a slim three-seat majority in the Senate. Two GOP senators have said they do not support a vote before the election , but four

Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated that Senate Republicans have “ the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election .” And said that the Senate Judiciary Committee will report the nomination so there can be a vote on the floor of the Senate on the nominee prior to

Senator Lindsey Graham, the chair of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday on "Hannity" that Republicans have the votes to confirm a nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the election. 

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"We got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg's replacement before the election," Graham said. "We are 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 the election. That's the constitutional process." 

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Graham also vowed that the nominee to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will be supported by all the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Graham said, “ We ’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election . We ’re going to move forward in the committee.

“ We ’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election ,” Graham , the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox Republicans, who hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, need at least 50 votes to confirm a nominee . Two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine

Republicans hold a slim three-seat majority in the Senate. Two GOP senators have said they do not support a vote before the election, but four Republicans would have break with the party to prevent a vote from coming to the floor. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who broke with the party to vote in favor of convicting President Trump on one article of impeachment, has not yet weighed in. If the vote is split 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote. 

Senator Cory Gardner, a moderate Republican from Colorado who is in a tough reelection fight, said Monday said he would vote to confirm a "qualified" nominee. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who is retiring after this term, said something similar. 

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Lindsey Graham (R-SC) pretty much told Democrats to shove it regarding their whining and tantrums over the Ruth Bader Ginsburg vacancy fight. BREAKING: @LindseyGrahamSC: " We 've got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg's replacement before the election . That's what's coming."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that there will be a vote to confirm Mr. Trump's nominee. 

In 2016, the Republican majority refused to allow a confirmation vote on Merrick Garland, President Obama's pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February of that year. Republicans said at time that they did not believe that senators should confirm a Supreme Court nominee the same year as an election.

Despite strong words from many Republicans — including Graham — in 2016 about a vote in an election year, many have different opinions this year after Ginsburg's death. In 2018, Graham said in an interview that he would not vote to fill a vacancy in 2020 if "the primary process has started."

"If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait to the next election," Graham said. 

On Monday, Graham told Sean Hannity that after Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, "everything changed with me." During Kavanaugh's contentious confirmation hearings, a woman testified that he had sexually assaulted her while they were in high school. Kavanaugh denied the allegation. 

Democrats, meanwhile, have called for the process to be halted. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on a call with Democrats "our number one goal must be to communicate the stakes of this Supreme Court fight to the American people," according to a source on the call.

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We ’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election , we ’re going to move forward in the committee, we ’re going to report the Democrats’ main hope to block any potential nominee before the election rests on winning four votes from current Republican senators.

Lindsey Graham , R-S.C., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which reviews Supreme Court nominations, said he's prepared to advance a nominee if a vacancy occurs this year. The White House is confident a nominee can be confirmed before Election Day.

"Let me be clear: If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year," Schumer said. "Nothing is off the table."  

Nancy Cordes contributed to this report. 


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