McConnell: Republicans will vote on any Supreme Court vacancy, even if Democrats ‘whine’ – Washington Examiner

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would “absolutely” vote on a Supreme Court vacancy if one occurred before the 2020 election, regardless of whether Democrats “whine” about it.

“You have to go back to 1880 to find the last time, back to 1880s to find the last time a Senate of a different party from the president filled a Supreme Court vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election. That was entirely the precedent,” the Kentucky Republican said on The Hugh Hewitt Show Tuesday about why he blocked hearings on Merrick Garland.

“There was nothing I did that was, would not have been done had the shoe been on the other foot,” he added. “So look, they can whine about this all day long. But under the Constitution, there is co-responsibility for appointments. The president makes the nomination, and the Senate confirms. We are partners in the personnel business up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court.”

In May, McConnell, 77, said the Senate would definitely fill a vacancy ahead of the 2020 election.

He also warned Democrats last week about any attempts of packing the Supreme Court in response to McConnell prioritizing the confirmation of judges over passing legislation.

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