As the country still mourns Ginsburg’s passing, Senate Democrats plan to engage in an all-out battle to stop Trump’s Supreme Court nomination.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at Ruth Ginsburg vigil on Saturday said,
“Mitch McConnell believes that this fight is over. What Mitch McConnell does not understand is this fight has just begun.”
Here’s some things that are in the works,
- By pressuring Republicans to break ranks. Like Sen Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa have indicated that it’s too close to an election to move ahead now. Murkowski was the lone Republican to vote against Trump’s pick of Brett Kavanaugh, and Grassley was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee when the Republicans refused to consider Garland.
- Democrats want to bottle up all business in the Senate to drag out the proceedings as long as possible. Under the rules, which require the chamber to operate by unanimous consent, Democrats can object to routine business of the day and essentially grind the chamber to a halt.
- If the Democrats fail to stop the nominee, they are indicating that they may push legislation to expand the Supreme Court by adding additional seats but first, Senate Democrats would have to win the majority in November.
- Then the filibuster, a stall tactic used by the minority, would need to be tossed out. But several Democratic senators have already voiced strong opposition over killing the filibuster based on fears that would have a long-standing effect for the country.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin told CNN’s Ana Cabrera when asked about adding more seats to the court;
“We basically have kept options open. We’d rather see this go through the regular process that Senator (Mitch) McConnell announced four years ago and that all of the Republicans stepped forward and said that we believe in this approach:
We don’t fill vacancies on the Supreme Court in the last year of a president’s term.”
McConnell vowed that whomever Trump nominates to replace Ginsburg will get a vote on the Senate floor, arguing the situation is different now than in 2016 because Republicans control the Senate and White House.
My statement on the Supreme Court vacancy: pic.twitter.com/jvYyDN5gG4— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 19, 2020
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