Tuesday, 20 Oct 2020

Schumer: Senate must not fill Ginsburg vacancy ‘until we have a new president’

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Friday night that the Senate should not fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death “until we have a new president.”

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” he tweeted.

If President Donald Trump nominates someone to fill her seat, Republicans could attempt to move the nomination through the Senate. The GOP changed the rules under Trump so that a Supreme Court justice would only need to be confirmed with 51 votes, rather than a supermajority, which they needed to confirm Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Reaction to Ginsburg’s passing from both parties was overwhelming last night.

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