Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the Senate will not act on President Obama#8217s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
McConnell spoke with Garland earlier in the day, but reiterated that Republicans would not confirm a nomination to the court until the next president assumes office, according to a statement from McConell#8217s office.The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
#8220The 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,#8221 the statement reads. #8220And since the Senate will not be acting on this nomination, he would not be holding a perfunctory meeting, but he wished Judge Garland well.#8221
The Supreme Court vacancy comes after the death of Judge Antonin Scalia, a conservative stalwart who#8217s February death came during what will be a hotly contested general election for the President of the United States. Senate Republicans have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings for any Obama nominee.
Garland#8217s selection, who currently serves as the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is considered a moderate, is widely viewed as a compromise on the President#8217s part.
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