Senate Republicans announced their plan Friday to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice by this October; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown just weeks before the 2018 midterm elections.
“If we are going to have a fully functioning court when they convene in October, that would seem to convey a sense of urgency,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told the Washington Examiner.
Republican lawmakers and their Democratic colleagues scrambled this week to settle on a message after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his plans to retire this July; prompting liberal legislators to demand a candidate not be nominated until after the 2018 midterms.
“Tell your senators that if you do not want a Supreme Court Justice who will overturn Roe v. Wade, those Senators should not vote for a candidate from the list,” said Schumer just hours after Kennedy’s announcement.
“It’s going to be hard,” said Sen. Hatch on the October deadline. “It can be done, there is no reason why we can’t do it, just that it’s going to be hard.”
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