Americans think the Supreme Court nomination process is way too partisan

Americans think the Supreme Court nomination process is way too partisan

Americans think the Supreme Court nomination process is way too partisan

Kennedy has mainly supported abortion rights in his time on the court, and Trump has made clear he would try to choose justices who want to overturn the landmark abortion rights case of Roe v. Wade.

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court bench handed over President Trump one of his biggest victories since taking charge of the White House in January previous year, by upholding his executive order that sought ban on travelling from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

While the eight-justice situation that lasted for more than a year produced a number of divided decisions, now there are no more argument sessions scheduled before the court until October 1.

He proved instrumental in advancing gay rights, buttressing abortion rights and erasing political spending limits.

Kennedy's retirement is effective July 31.

Although Republicans are in the majority, Trump's nominee is not assured of confirmation.

Trump and a Republican-controlled Senate will now nominate and confirm a justice to fill the seat vacated by Kennedy, and it has abortion-rights advocates all over the country concerned.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged to nominate "pro-life judges", putting forward two lists of potential nominees which he said he would draw from in order to assuage conservative voters who were anxious about a NY real estate mogul who was previously registered as a Democrat.

"In part because of electoral politics and the need to turn out the Republican base, it is likely the President will very publicly focus on abortion issues in vetting his next nomination".

Schumer reminded McConnell that Republicans would not allow the Senate to vote on former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016 because GOP leaders said the new president should get to choose the justice after that year's election. It's highly unlikely that Kennedy's successor will be in his tradition of a more moderate, center-right influence on the court's conservative wing. If the Senate divides 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie to confirm the nominee.

Erman acknowledged that it is hard to tell if the president will have enough votes for a hardline conservative justice since there are a handful of Republican senators who may buck Trump, but there are at least a couple of conservative Democratic senators who may have to side with Trump to get re-elected. Kennedy wrote the ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.

"The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by offering advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy".

In a statement, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley says he "looks forward to having the nominee before us in the Senate Judiciary Committee for his or her hearing in the weeks ahead". "He's a man. who has displayed tremendous vision, and tremendous heart, and he will be missed".

"It is imperative that the president's nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks", McConnell said. Democratic senators signal the process to replace Kennedy might not be as easy as Republican leadership hope for it to be ahead of a midterm where a third of the Senate is up for re-election, though what specific steps they can take to halt the nomination remain unclear.

Kennedy was "put in a hard spot when to retire", because a partisan battle would ensue in any event, Erman said.

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