News

Senate refuses to hold any hearings on Scalia replacement until after Obama leaves office

TillisSenator Thom Tillis and his Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee dug in their heels Tuesday – delivering a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outlining their determination not to hold hearings on anyone President Barack Obama might nominate to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Committee notes the Senate has the power to grant or withhold consent of the President’s nominee:

senate-letter

McConnell later told reporters that he accepts that recommendation and his chamber will take no action.

President Obama has indicated he will put forth an ‘indisputably qualified’ nominee to fill the seat in the coming weeks.

Read the full letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee here.

Also be sure to read Rob Schofield’s weekly briefing: Yet another absurd Burr blockade.

3 Comments


  1. Kiterea

    February 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

    The people did make a choice. We chose President Obama twice to lead us and to do his Constitutional duties for as long as he was in office. Not to be a figurehead during his last months, or to only fill a certain number of Supreme Court seats.
    We did choose this president to represent us until the day the new one takes the oath of office, and to appoint justices for the court as needed for whatever reason.
    Please let the will of the people, which we have already shown, be carried out.

  2. Bill Wilson

    February 24, 2016 at 11:17 am

    So one has to assume that the Senate will not take up any additional business this year since Burr and others are up for re-election and we should wait until there is the election for president. Oh, but I forgot that they aren’t doing anything anyway other than wasting taxpayer money.

  3. Alan

    February 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I wonder if the current sitting president were white, would the GOP still exhibit the same, unconstitutional level of obstructionism? And before the interns jump on this, it’s a rhetorical question (big word, you may want to look that one up…).

Check Also

The week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

  1.N.C. legislator says children’s blood “will be ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

“I could choose to do anything else with $50.” But Anca Stefan, a high school English teacher in a D [...]

The Cape Fear River is damaged, contaminated by decades of human malfeasance, negligence and ignoran [...]

Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble appears to be violating the state public records law and is [...]

This morning, the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the pivotal case of Silver, et al. [...]

These are extraordinary times in the American experiment with representative democracy. In Washingto [...]

Public education in North Carolina has its share of challenges, not the least of which has been the [...]

The post Time to come clean appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Tax Day in 2018 in North Carolina presents an opportunity to make sure our tax code allows us to mee [...]

Now hiring

NC Policy Watch is now hiring a Managing Editor – click here for more info.