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Some disagree and would rather the Senate simply push through yet another lifetime appointment from a president who's on his way out the door...I believe that it is today the American people who are best-positioned to help make this important decision. Get the latest breaking news delivered straight to your inbox. The clip has more than 6.5 million views on Twitter as people turn their attention to the courts during the Senate hearings over Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, urged Democrats not to congregate in the chamber and to cast their votes “quickly and from a safe distance”. And McConnell has made confirming judges central to his tenure as majority leader. The new European data protection law requires us to inform you of the following before you use our website: We use cookies and other technologies to customize your experience, perform analytics and deliver personalized advertising on our sites, apps and newsletters and across the Internet based on your interests.

pic.twitter.com/DFOBNHpX0T, February 23, press conference: "The American people are perfectly capable of having their say on this issue, so let's give them a voice. Around 100 people stood on the road outside the house in Louisville, Kentucky holding placards reading “Ditch Mitch!” and “Ruth Sent Us". By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. Let's let the American people decide. President, you will not fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
A Congressional Research Service Insight paper said there were 88 federal court vacancies at the end of Obama's presidency, more than double the 44 vacancies present when he first stepped into office. ", “I want you to use my words against me. ", February 23, 2016--Sen. Mitch McConnell on #SCOTUS nomination process: "The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter after the American people finish making in November the decision they've already started making today." Barrett must first be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, which is expected to happen as Republicans hold a majority and no senators showed signs of straying from party lines during hearings last week. EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, “What We Can Tell About Barrett From The Legal Precedents She Will And Won’t Comment On”, “Lindsey Graham Praises Amy Coney Barrett For Being ‘Unashamedly Pro-Life”, “‘30 Years Is A Lot To Remember’: Amy Coney Barrett Defends Signing, Failing To Disclose Anti-Abortion Letters”, “Amy Coney Barrett On Track For Confirmation As Senators Stick With Their Parties”.

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“We’re giving you a great new supreme court justice,” he said. He confirmed he will this time with Trump as president. By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. Democrats were incensed that Republicans moved forward with Barrett’s confirmation so near an election, after refusing in 2016 to act on a nomination by Barack Obama, because it was an election year. McConnell's block left the Supreme Court with an empty sear for more than a year, until Mr. Trump's nominee Neil Gorsuch was sworn in.

“I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women that believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to actually follow the law,” said McConnell. The clip in question came about 10 minutes into McConnell's December 13, 2019, interview with Sean Hannity. In a stunning reversal from 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans will absolutely fill a Supreme Court vacancy during the 2020 presidential election should the situation arise. We rely on readers like you to uphold a free press. McConnell's block left the Supreme Court with an empty sear for more than a year, until Mr. Trump's nominee Neil Gorsuch was sworn in.

Mitch McConnell's outrageous hypocrisy on a Supreme Court vacancy Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large Updated 11:45 AM ET, Wed May 29, 2019 (CNN) Mitch McConnell … The Senate will then hold a procedural vote on Sunday, after which senators will have 30 additional hours to debate Barrett’s nomination before the final vote on Monday. She has criticized rulings upholding Obamacare but said during her confirmation she has no agenda to invalidate the measure. McConnnell said last week that he has the votes to pass Barrett’s confirmation as just one Republican senator, Susan Collins (Maine), has said she would oppose Barrett’s confirmation due to its proximity to the presidential election. An earlier VERIFY noted that McConnell's argument left out the additional context of proximity to Election Day when the Supreme Court vacancies opened. RELATED: VERIFY: McConnell cites accurate data in Supreme Court precedent argument, but leaves out important context, RELATED: VERIFY: Why Abraham Lincoln chose not to appoint a Supreme Court justice during 1864 election. “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election,” the majority leader said on the Senate floor. Pence continued campaigning.

All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. The video on Fox News' website shows that the viral clip has been unedited and McConnell said those exact words. Under McConnell's direction, Senate Republicans refused to take any action on the Garland nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday gave one of his clearest signals that he intends to hold a vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court … When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016, McConnell … No nominee has ever been confirmed this close to an election.

Trump touted her nomination at a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Sunday.

PROTESTERS gathered outside Mitch McConnell's home after he said the Senate would vote to fill the Supreme Court vacancy ahead of November's election. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. The quote led to a call of hypocrisy on the part of McConnell regarding the prospect of Democratic court-packing. The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter when it considers the qualifications of the nominee the next president nominates, whoever that might be. This content is currently not available in your region. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cemented the date he expects President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to be confirmed amid the highly-contested push to fill late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before Election Day. McConnell, during his weekly press briefing on Tuesday, said confidently that the Senate will be voting to confirm “justice-to-be Barrett” on Monday. September 19, 2020 / 1:32 PM Democrats boycotted the committee vote on Thursday that advanced the nomination. The Circuit Courts, the second-highest courts in the country, are often a breeding ground for Supreme Court … Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. ... [+] Supreme Court, attends a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at the U.S. Capitol. It is today the American people, rather than a lame-duck president whose priorities and policies they just rejected in the most-recent national election, who should be afforded the opportunity to replace Justice Scalia. Election Day could turn into "Election Week" with rise in mail ballots, Mitch McConnell said President Trump's nominee, Police fatally shoot Black man, sparking protests in Philadelphia, Body of missing rapper found in friend's car trunk after crash. And Obama was a Democrat, while the Senate that needed to confirm his nominee was controlled by the GOP. But he also consistently argued that "the people" of the United States should decide to fills the court's vacancy — an argument he isn't making now.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s message for the Republican-majority Senate in light of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Friday is something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said four years ago: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court … And that's the person, whoever that may be, who ought to be making this appointment.

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Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. It was in reference to both lower court judge vacancies and the Supreme Court's vacancy left behind by Justice Antonin Scalia's passing in 2016.

The confirmation vote is expected on Monday evening. In the short term, Barrett could weigh in on cases involving the election.
“I have no doubt about her capability to do the job and to do it well,” she said. Please enable cookies on your web browser in order to continue. Please enable cookies on your web browser in order to continue. Last modified on Mon 26 Oct 2020 12.37 GMT. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the Capitol on Sept. 29. Garland's nomination … Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.

McConnell, at times, pointed to both of these facts when refusing to give Garland a hearing.

By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. And McConnell did it by employing his own nuclear option to change the rules so the Senate could confirm Supreme Court justices by simple majority.


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