After President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the United States Supreme Court, we have been waiting all morning for the Senate Republicans to respond.
Now, Majority Leader McConnell has fired back with an incredible announcement (video below): There will be no hearings!
The Senate is holding their ground, and will leave it up to the next President to nominate a Supreme Court Justice. They finally grew a backbone:
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today following the President’s announcement of his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court:
“The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court’s direction.
“It is a President’s constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice and it is the Senate’s constitutional right to act as a check on a President and withhold its consent.
“As Chairman Grassley and I declared weeks ago, and reiterated personally to President Obama, the Senate will continue to observe the Biden Rule so that the American people have a voice in this momentous decision.
“The American people may well elect a President who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next President may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy.
Here’s McConnell on the Senate Floor:
This surprises me, since McConnell hasn’t always been supportive of conservatives. But it’s clear that even Senate leadership realizes how the SCOTUS can shape America’s political landscape for generations, which is why they are willing top stop Obama’s nominee at any cost. It’s essential to protect the court, because any Obama nominee would do harm to Constitution.
Hopefully, the Senate will keep their word and fight hard!
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