In Thursday’s op-ed, Biden asserted: “My objective was not to obstruct, but to call for two important goals: restoring a more consultative process between the White House and the Senate in filling Supreme Court vacancies, and encouraging the nomination of a consensus candidate who could lower the partisan temperature in the country”.
Grassley, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- Kentucky), Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), and Sen.
“The president made that very clear he’s willing to talk to them about names for nominations that they think would be good”, Mr. Reid said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Sen.
McConnell stated that even Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has argued that exact same point in the past.
The White House said Tuesday that Obama had no expectation before the session he could change Republicans’ minds.
“I understand that they’re protesting the Judiciary Committee’s lack of action on a Supreme Court nomination, which nomination we couldn’t even possibly consider if the president doesn’t send it up”, Grassley said. “We are going to continue beating the drums”. Chuck Grassley’s insistence that the Senate wait until the next president takes office before vetting any potential Supreme Court justice.
If we were to pretend American politics operated by traditional rules and norms, we’d have some basic expectations about what policymakers would do in the event of a Supreme Court vacancy. “In my view, this law is violated when Senate Republicans say that it’s ok to leave a vacancy unfilled for over a year”.
“There wasn’t much said at the meeting”, Reid said, according to The New York Times.
The White House said it was taking seriously the ostensible reason for Tuesday’s meeting, to consult lawmakers on potential selections for the court. McConnell says Democrats should focus on items that can get done this year, like fighting drug addiction. “It’s time for the people to voice their opinion about the role of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system of government”.
The freshman senator, who also addressed the House conference Tuesday, said he doesn’t “see any signs of the GOP blinking on this one, to say the least”.
“The president certainly has the constitutional authority to nominate a justice in an election year, and he intends to use it”, Grassley wrote in the Des Moines Register.
In a speech on the Senate floor Monday, Reid heaped abuse on Grassley, saying he was abandoning his oath of office and abdicating his constitutional responsibilities.