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Mitch McConnell: Senate Won't Act on Obama High Court Pick

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 Feb 2016 07:00 AM

Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that the Senate won't act on any Supreme Court nomination offered by President Barack Obama to replace the late Antonin Scalia.

The announcement came from the Senate majority leader after Republicans held a closed-door meeting on turning back charges of obstructionism by the Democrats, reported NPR.

"I can now confidently say the view shared by virtually everybody in my conference, is that the nomination should be made by the president the people elect in the election that's underway right now," McConnell said at a news conference.

"I believe the overwhelming view of the Republican Conference of the Senate is that this nomination should not be filled, this vacancy should not be filled by this lame duck president." 

The New York Times said Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to McConnell stating the panel would not hold hearings on any Obama nominee.

Republicans seized on comments made by Vice President Joe Biden when, as a member of the Senate in 1992, he argued against confirmation hearings of a prospective Supreme Court nominee by George H.W. Bush, reported CNN.

"If someone steps down, I would highly recommend the President not name someone, not send a name up," Biden said then. "If (Bush) did send someone up, I would ask the Senate to seriously consider not having a hearing on that nominee."

Biden has argued that Republicans are taking his old comments out of context, said CNN.

Obama issued a statement posted on social media about the Republicans' refusal to consider anyone he nominates.

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Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that the Senate won't act on any Supreme Court nomination offered by President Barack Obama to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
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