Earlier today, we reported that President Obama had named Merrick Garland as his Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Just hours later, the Republican-controlled Senate has already given Obama a brutal dose of reality on this.
According to The Political Insider, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fired back on the Senate floor this afternoon to say that there will be no hearings about Obama’s nominee. Here’s what he had to say:
“The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court’s direction.
“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.
“As Chairman Grassley and I declared weeks ago, and reiterated personally to President Obama, the Senate will continue to observe the Biden Rule so that the American people have a voice in this momentous decision.
The American people may well elect a President who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next President may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy.”
Watch more of McConnell’s comments in the video below. What do you think about what he had to say? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.