Report: Obama Won’t Make Recess Appointment
According to reports, President Barack Obama will wait until the Senate is back in session to nominate a new Supreme Court justice.
Obama will not push through a Supreme Court appointment this week, will wait to nominate until Senate is in session -White House official
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) February 14, 2016
“There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote,” he told reporters on Sunday.
The Hill reports:
Scalia’s death, in the midst of a presidential election, is likely to spark a firestorm.
“There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year,” GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz told Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” early Sunday.
“And what this means, Chuck, is we ought to make the 2016 election a referendum on the Supreme Court.”
When asked if the Senate has an obligation to at least consider a nomination that President Obama puts forward, Cruz responded, “Not remotely.”
“There’ll be an election in November and we’re going to have a debate about what kind of justice should replace Scalia and the voters are going to get to vote for a new president,” GOP hopeful Marco Rubio said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We’re not moving forward on it, period,” he added.
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