Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote "this year" to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but he is not saying whether there will be a vote before or after Election Day.
McConnell says there is "overwhelming precedent" for the Senate to act quickly on a nomination. The average time to confirm a nominee in recent years is more than two months, but some nominees, including Ginsburg, were confirmed much faster than that.
"The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination," McConnell says. "History and precedent make that perfectly clear."
Democrats have called on the GOP-led Senate to let the next president decide, as McConnell delayed a vote on an open Supreme Court seat until after the election in 2016.
Ginsburg, 87, died Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Trump announced Monday morning his official nominee to replace the Ginsburg by Friday or Saturday after her official memorials.
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