Both sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee.
“We, of course, are bound by the facts, the law, the rules of logic, legal reasoning and precedents”, he once said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed Senate rules previous year to allow Supreme Court nominees to be confirmed with a simple majority, instead of the 60 votes typically needed to overcome a filibuster. That means Democrats, who only control 49 seats in the chamber, may not be needed to advance the nomination.
Justice Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings, earning a reputation as the court’s “swing” vote who heartened conservatives and liberals alike, depending on the issue.
In a separate opinion, Kennedy, without mentioning Trump, said the court’s ruling didn’t insulate government officials from a duty to respect religious rights. The Supreme Court has upheld the clear authority of the president to defend the national security of the United States.
While Democrats are unlikely to block Trump’s nomination, they are using it to make the case that their supporters have to get out and vote so Democrats can regain control of Congress, and eventually the White House.
Mr Trump’s nominee, likely to give the conservatives a solid majority, will face a Senate confirmation process in which Republicans hold the slimmest majority but Democrats can not prevent a vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has committed to confirming a nominee in the fall, which the Republican-controlled Senate should be able to do if McConnell can hold his razor-thin majority together. He is widely respected for his consistent sense of decency and civility, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors. “I don’t think he’ll relocate but he will be a frequent visitor to the West Coast, including to Sacramento”.
The conservative Judicial Crisis Network, meanwhile, announced yesterday it would immediately launch a seven-figure television and digital ad buy to press vulnerable Democratic senators facing re-election this year to support a pick who is fair and independent and would uphold the Constitution.
“McConnell will make it a priority”, he told reporters.
The Supreme Court in the term that ended Wednesday had two cases before it dealing with whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party.
He added: “My sense is we will be very busy after the President nominates his successor”. Gorsuch and his fellow conservatives delivered on another GOP priority Wednesday in a decision that will deal a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labor.
Sen. Cory Booker pledged a long-term battle to prevent Trump from rushing a conservative judge onto the court, even as he acknowledged it will be hard for Democrats to block any nominee since Republicans control the Senate. “So we’re going to be getting that message out and making sure that the Senate rejects any nominee that opposes Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion”. That Republican called Kennedy’s retirement “a majority saver”.
Rep. Jacky Rosen, the Democrat looking to unseat Republican Sen.
While the news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement is not entirely unexpected, it still comes as a thunderclap. “I asked him if he had certain people he had great respect for that could potentially take his seat”. He said the new justice will be chosen from a prepared list of 25 people.
He called Kennedy a “spectacular man” with “tremendous heart” and said he hoped to pick somebody who will be as “outstanding” as Kennedy has been.
“The stakes for Democratic voters in this election already were extremely high, and the Supreme Court vacancy supercharges all of that”, Garin told the Washington Post.
Maria Cantwell of Washington, the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement.
Most recently, he was in dissent when his court upheld an opinion requiring the government to facilitate an abortion for an undocumented teen in United States custody.
And he’s not the only one. Sen.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, declined to say whether he would vote against any Trump nominee before the midterm elections, but “in terms of giving the American people a chance to weigh in, if the Republicans were going to be consistent, they would have to follow the McConnell rule”, Whitehouse said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room”.