Both Louisiana’s Republican U.S. senators are totally on board with the GOP’s stance of refusing to allow a vote or even a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen.
Earlier on Tuesday, in remarks on the Senate floor, McConnell said: “Presidents have a right to nominate, just as the Senate has its constitutional right to provide or withhold consent”.
In a letter to the White House, the Republican senators said Obama would “change the tone in Washington” if he were to renominate Bush nominees.
It’s an argument with little historical or constitutional precedent, but one with widespread support among Conservatives.
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”. But their Democratic counterparts, who also were in the meeting, had plenty to say.
President Barack Obama is eyeing an Iowa circuit judge as a potential Supreme Court justice. Despite this fact, Republican members of the senate have stated that they will not accept any nomination for the Supreme Court until after the upcoming presidential election.
According to The Guardian, Patrick Leahy said Obama argued to Republicans that they have a constitutional duty to review and confirm a nominee. Sen.
Senate Republicans are quick to point out that the Constitution also gives them the power not to consider a nominee. He said he would use the meeting to “reiterate that the American people will have a voice” on the court vacancy during this election.
Within hours of Scalia’s death last month, Senate President Mitch McConnell announced he would not provide the constitutionally mandated vetting of any nominee from Obama.
“The chairman has turned the impartial reputation of the Judiciary Committee into an extension of the Trump campaign”, Reid said. “But it doesn’t matter how much he jumps up and down and stomps his feet, we aren’t going to let the far left get away with denying the American people the opportunity to be heard”. She is an Obama appointee who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to the appeals court position in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.