In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death on Saturday, Senate Republicans have promised to block any of president Obama’s nominations to the Supreme Court.
This doesn’t sit well with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
As Republican leaders and some presidential candidates want President Obama to leave the nomination for Supreme Court justice for a future president, Warren dismissed those calls Sunday, arguing that Obama has the constitutional right to fill the Supreme Court with the help of the Senate.
Meanwhile, Republican leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rebuffed the president’s plan, saying the Senate should wait until a new president is in office. “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 said in a statement.
But eyeing the opportunity to replace conservative Scalia with a more progressive candidate, Democrats are calling for the exact opposite as major cases dealing with immigration, voting, and climate policies are slated to go before a now hung Supreme Court.
“The President can and should send the Senate a nominee right away,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) via Twitter. “The Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible.”
Would be unprecedented in recent history for SCOTUS to go year with vacancy. And shameful abdication of our constitutional responsibility.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) February 13, 2016
For her part, Warren on Sunday stressed that President Obama has every right to nominate someone. She mocked Republicans for saying they want to upholding the constitution, while refusing to let Obama carry out his Constitutional duties. “I can’t find a clause in the Constitution that says ‘…except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic President,'” she said in a Twitter post.
Abandoning their Senate duties would also prove that all the Republican talk about loving the Constitution is just that – empty talk.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 14, 2016