Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today told President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland that the Senate will not hold a vote on his nomination. The call came after McConnell took to the Senate floor to announce that Republicans will not back down in their pledge to not hold a vote.
McConnell (R-KY) said of the nomination in his Senate floor speech: “It seems clear that President Obama made this nomination not with the intent of seeing the nominee confirmed, but in order to politicize it for the purposes of the election.”
“What the president has done with this nomination would be unfair to any nominee,” McConnell continued. Instead of spending more time debating an issue where we can’t agree, let’s keep working to address the issues where we can, he said, closing with a plea to let the American people decide who the next nominee should be.
“Give the people a voice,” he said.
Regarding the phone call, The Hill reports:
“Rather than put Judge Garland through more unnecessary political routines orchestrated by the White House, the Leader decided it would be more considerate of the nominee’s time to speak with him today by phone,” according to a readout of the call from Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell.
Stewart added that because Republicans will not take up the nomination, “[McConnell] would not be holding a perfunctory meeting, but he wished Judge Garland well.”McConnell quickly took to the Senate floor to shoot down any notion that Republicans would cave and give Garland a hearing or a vote.Stewart added that during the call with Garland, the Republican leader “reiterated his position that the American people will have a voice in this vacancy and that the Senate will appropriately revisit the matter when it considers the qualifications of the person the next President nominates.”
The Planned Parenthood abortion business is pulling out all the stops today to lobby the Senate to hold a vote on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. After President Barack Obama’s nomination of liberal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, the nation’s biggest abortion business is on board.
Top pro-life groups told LifeNews.com that nothing has changed since Scalia’s passing in terms of their opposition to a vote on any Obama Supreme Court nominee. They say anyone Obama nominates for the Supreme Court will vote to uphold abortion on demand, ergo they will oppose a vote on Garland’s nomination.
Leading pro-life advocates agree the Senate should not vote on Scalia’s replacement until after a new president has been selected.
Garland has praised the author of Roe v. Wade and said his court paper are “the greatest gift to the country.”