Republican Senate says no to new Supreme Court Justice nomination
Thursday, Judge Merrick Garland visited Capitol Hill to meet with senators, in spite of Republicans refusing him as the new nominee.
Senate sees a large divide over new nomination. Democrats plan to lay out aggressive strategy to get Garland seated on the Supreme Court.
By: Khadijah Dennis
Republican U.S. Senate leaders are making it clear they will not be considering any nomination as Supreme Court Justice until after the election. This decision could push a final nomination decision back until December.
President Barack Obama announced Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for Supreme Court Justice Wednesday. Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell say a nomination should only be made by the next president.
"Of course, the American people should have a say in the court's direction," McConnell said. "It is a president's constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice and it is the senate's constitutional right to act as a check on a president and withhold its consent."
Senators are on a two week recess and the nomination is a major topic for presidential candidates.
University of South Carolina Political Science Professor Kirk Randazzo predicts that Republicans are taking a huge risk by not choosing Garland.
"If they wind up losing the White House...and if they lose the senate...there's a possibility that the next president could nominate someone who is extremely liberal, and Merrick Garland is very much a moderate," Randazzo said. "He's about as middle of the road as they come ideologically."
Merrick Garland is the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He won 32 Republican votes when he was nominated for that job in 1997.
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