Sen. Ted Cruz is reportedly suggesting Republicans, if they retain the majority in the upper house, could effectively shut down any nominees to the Supreme Court offered by Hillary Clinton if she's elected president.
Legal website LawNewz.com reported a tweet by Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel hinted at the Texas lawmaker's strategy.
According to the outlet, the Cruz response was apparently triggered by a question at an event in Colorado.
LawNewz.com noted the number of Supreme Court justices has varied through history, and that Congress has the power to set its size and responsibility. The Judiciary Act of 1789 to set the number of justices at six, which then grew to 10 by 1863, shrunk to seven in 1866 and went up to nine justices in 1869, where it's stayed ever since.
The prospect of going four years without a full nine-justice Supreme Court was not well-received by some.
GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona already has suggested Republicans will be united against any Supreme Court nominee put forward by Clinton if she becomes president — a statement he later walked back.
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