Republican Senator Susan Collins (Maine) released a statement on Saturday, saying she feels that whoever is elected on November 3 should be the one to make the decision on who will fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court, after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.
Her statement reads:
“In order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently – no matter which political party is in power. President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s beginning the process of reviewing his nominee’s credentials.
“Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election. In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the president or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president who is elected on Nov. 3.”
My statement on the Supreme Court vacancy: pic.twitter.com/jvYyDN5gG4
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 19, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Friday he will move forward to bring a vote to the floor on President Donald Trump’s nominee.
“Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise,” McConnell promised in a press release. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) had reportedly said in July that she would not support filling a Supreme Court vacancy prior to 2021.