What Republicans did in 2016 — blocking a nominee of the opposing party — was “precisely what Democrats had indicated they would do themselves″ when they were in the majority, McConnell said in his own floor speech Monday. ", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., waits for his introduction during a visit to the Beaver Dam Ampitheater in Beaver Dam, Ky., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. "The next president may also nominate someone very different. Express Explained is now on Telegram. Almost immediately upon learning of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, attention moved to whether Republicans would attempt to … He said the speech wasn't to a reason to not vote on a nominee in an election year. By 2019, with Trump in office and a continued GOP Senate majority, McConnell said Senate action on a court opening close to the election would not be an issue. Obama selected Garland to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative stalwart of the court who died at age 79 in February. Here's how the fight over filling high court vacancies has played out among Senate leaders in the last nearly five years, and what they're saying now: Feb. 16, 2016: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, write an opinion piece in the Washington Post, saying the nation has a "unique opportunity" to make an impact on the court by filling it along with the timeline of voting for a new president, "as they decide who they trust to both lead the country and nominate the next Supreme Court justice.". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., departs the chamber after speaking about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Throughout U.S. history, nominees have been confirmed, rejected or withdrawn in an average of 25 days, according to a Times analysis, but the length of time from nomination to confirmation has been longer in recent decades. A conspiracy theory based on one photograph won't cut it if there are literally hundreds of other photographs — and video — that argue against it. "If the Senate doesn't act, and the Senate is not acting, what can be done about it?" We believe The People should have this opportunity.”. Comment Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the West Conference Room at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Aug. 30, 2013. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks to the American Bar Association House of Delegates after receiving the ABA Medal in San Francisco on Aug. 9, 2010. Morefield, Scott. From left in front row: Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Ginsburg, Samuel Alito. 19 September 2020. “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87.” He was also one of 10 signatories on a letter supporting a delay. A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. ", It goes on, "the American people are presented with an exceedingly rare opportunity to decide, in a very real and concrete way, the direction the Court will take over the next generation. The federal judiciary was right at the top of that list,″ he said. @VP urges action on 1) Zika $ 2) "give Merrick Garland a vote" 3)Guns & watch list pic.twitter.com/hAtWNenkUD. Justice Ginsburg swears in Vice President Al Gore for his second term on Jan. 20, 1997. Liptak, Adam. Before her death, Ginsburg herself said, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” according to National Public Radio (NPR). As Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden argued that rushing through a confirmation would be an “abuse of power,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that there was “overwhelming precedent behind the fact that this Senate will vote on this nomination this year,” even though back in 2016 he refused to vote on then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Merrick Garland. In instances when the court is divided, an even number of justices makes it difficult for the Supreme Court to issue a binding judgment and resolve conflicts among lower courts, she said. This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in a scene from the 2018 documentary "RBG.". GOP, Dems debate past comments on court. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, top left, accompanies her colleagues en route to attend funeral services for Chief Justice William Rehnquest on Sept. 7, 2005. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., member of the Judiciary Committee, in 2016: Tillis said the day after Scalia died that, "the process of filling the Supreme Court vacancy would be best left to the next President.” His spokesman at the time said Tillis "is following the Joe Biden rule," a term Republicans have used after it was discovered that then-Sen. Biden said in 1992 that if a Supreme Court justice were to resign that year, President George H.W. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the Senate has an obligation to hold hearings and a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland “That’s their job,” she said. Obama Makes Push for Merrick Garland. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles as she discusses highlights of the court's current term and the impending decision in the Affordable Care Act litigation, at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy convention in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2012.
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