2 Key GOP Votes Say They Support Filling Supreme Court Vacancy
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Senate Republicans have the votes to confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.
Two key GOP senators came forward and announced that they would be in support of beginning hearings and voting to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee.
Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs took to Twitter and said of Iowa GOP senator Charles Grassley, “Grassley will push forward with filling the US Supreme Court vacancy. ‘…make no mistake: if the shoe were on the other foot, Senate Democrats wouldn’t hesitate to use their Constitutional authority and anything else at their disposal to fill this seat,’ he says in a statement.
Roughly 40 minutes later, Andrew Desiderio of Politico released news of Colorado GOP Senator Cory Gardner: “BREAKING: McConnell locks in Sen. Cory Gardner ‘I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm.’”
The GOP currently has 53 members of the Senate, which means they could afford to lose three votes and still gain a tie vote over a nomination; tie votes in the Senate are broken by the Vice-President of the United States.
Two GOP senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, have already indicated they would not stand with the GOP if Trump nominated someone for the Supreme Court vacancy and would not support taking up a vote before Election Day.
So, there are currently 2 GOP Senators on record who seem to have made it clear they will vote against Trump's pick.
That means Republicans can lose 1 more Senator and still confirm Trump's pick with a 50-50 vote and Pence casting the tie-breaker.
However, it seems as if Republicans already have the numbers.
Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham revealed on Monday that Senate Republicans have the votes to confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.
During an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Graham announced that Senate Republicans have “the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election.”
Graham said the Senate Judiciary Committee will report the nomination so there can be a vote on the floor of the Senate on the nominee prior to the election.
He also said that Republicans will confirm Ginsburg’s replacement prior to the election.
Graham also vowed that the nominee to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will be supported by all the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
It's pretty much all-but-guaranteed at this point that Trump will get this third Supreme Court justice on the bench before the election on Nov. 3.