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Sens. McConnell, Grassley: American People Should Pick Next SCOTUS Judge

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By    |   Friday, 19 Feb 2016 04:16 PM

The American people should select the successor to Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia — not President Barack Obama or Senate Democrats, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Chuck Grassley said Friday.

"The American people have a particular opportunity now to make their voice heard in the selection of Scalia's successor as they participate in the process to select their next president — as they decide who they trust to both lead the country and nominate the next Supreme Court justice," the Republican senators argued in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post. "How often does someone from Ashland, Ky., or Zearing, Iowa, get to have such impact?"

McConnell represents Kentucky. Grassley, of Iowa, is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"We don't think the American people should be robbed of this unique opportunity," the legislators said. "Democrats beg to differ. They'd rather the Senate simply push through yet another lifetime appointment by a president on his way out the door.

"No one disputes the president's authority to nominate a successor to Scalia, but as inconvenient as it may be for this president, Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution grants the Senate the power to provide, or as the case may be, withhold its consent."

The senators cited when Democrats, including then-Senators Obama of Illinois and Joe Biden of Delaware, denied President George W. Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, Samuel Alito, a vote.

"That was when then-Senator Obama seemed to have a very different, and very robust, appreciation for the Senate's constitutional authority," McConnell and Grassley said.

"Americans issued a stinging rebuke to this president and his policies in our latest national election, delivering a landslide for the opposition party as they handed control of the Senate to Republicans in 2014," they continued.

"Given that we are in the midst of the presidential election process, we believe that the American people should seize the opportunity to weigh in on whom they trust to nominate the next person for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

"It is today the American people, rather than a lame-duck president whose priorities and policies they just rejected in the most-recent national election, who should be afforded the opportunity to replace Justice Scalia."

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