McConnell repeats: Senate will not vote on any Obama nominee

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( – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that he would not be holding a Senate vote on President Barack Obama’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Obama this week nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Garland currently serves on U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

McConnell indicated on “Meet the Press” that he would hold no vote on a Supreme Court nomination during the regular session of the Senate before this November’s elections and that he would hold no vote on a Supreme Court nomination during a lame-duck session held after the election and before the new Congress and new president are sworn into office next January.

“But we’re not giving a lifetime appointment to this president on the way out the door to change the Supreme Court for the next 25 or 30 years,” McConnell said.

“We’re not going to be confirming a judge to the Supreme Court under this president,” he said.

— Written by CNS Staff