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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

McConnell: Senate Will Not Hold Confirmation Vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that the Senate would not confirm Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court slot left open by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. 

“I can’t imagine that a Republican-majority Congress, in a lame duck session after the American people have spoken, would want to confirm a nominee opposed by the NRA, the NFIB, and The New York Times says would move the court dramatically to the left,” McConnell told CNN’s Dana Bash. “This nomination ought to be made by the next president.” 

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada tried to insult Republicans into holding confirmation hearings, saying they should “man up and do it now.” However, Democrats ignore their own filibuster of the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito, which President Obama now says he “regrets.” 

In 2007, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said that George W. Bush shouldn’t get to pick any more justices, even though 19 months remained in his term. Obama has 10 months left.