McConnell: Don’t Replace Scalia Until After Election
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced his opinion about the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after he passed away on Saturday.
President Barack Obama immediately suggested that he would replace him, garnering intense resistance from the Republican Party.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” he said in a statement. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
The Hill reports:
Democrats have already called on the Senate to take a vote on a nominee replacing Scalia, who died Saturday in Texas.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it would be “unprecedented” for the Senate to wait until next year to confirm a new justice.
He added that it would be a “shameful abdication” of the Senate’s responsibility.
Here is McConnell’s full statement:
“Today our country lost an unwavering champion of a timeless document that unites each of us as Americans.
“Justice Scalia’s fidelity to the Constitution was rivaled only by the love of his family: his wife Maureen his nine children, and his many grandchildren. Through the sheer force of his intellect and his legendary wit, this giant of American jurisprudence almost singlehandedly revived an approach to constitutional interpretation that prioritized the text and original meaning of the Constitution.
“Elaine and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Scalia family.
“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.”
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