Ginsburg Hopes Senate Acts on Garland 'Sooner Rather Than Later'

Ginsburg Hopes Senate Acts on Garland 'Sooner Rather Than Later'

Ginsburg Hopes Senate Acts on Garland 'Sooner Rather Than Later'

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives to watch U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015. Senate Democrats have already staged press conferences outside the Supreme Court and delivered fiery floor speeches; later Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden will head to the Capitol to hold a press event on the Capitol steps with Democratic lawmakers to pressure Republicans on Garland's nomination and other outstanding legislative priorities.

Judge Garland is also scheduled to have a meeting with Sen.

Ginsburg, 83, a liberal appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993, acknowledged that the Senate, which has the responsibility to confirm or reject judicial nominations, did not have to confirm the nominee. All but two do not support taking up Garland's nomination, arguing that Obama's successor should put forth his or her own Supreme Court candidate.

"The president is elected for four years, not three years", Ginsburg remarked, saying that the Senate should act, even though Garland was nominated in Obama's final year in office.

But they were also a reminder that the Democratic push to win Garland's confirmation in the almost six months since his nomination has gone nowhere in the face of a united Republican blockade, and that there is little reason to think that will change before the November election.

That Republicans haven't woken up to the fact that what they're advocating for is a Donald Trump Supreme Court, don't expect any revelations to come to them about President Obama's constitutional powers.

Senate Republicans have blocked hearings and a vote on Garland, whom Obama nominated in March after the sudden death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. But she said it did have an obligation to at least consider Garland instead of taking no action at all. "'Well, you want us to vote, so we'll vote no'".

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