(Talk Media News) — Leading voices within the Republican party are making it clear that the GOP will not allow President Barack Obama to appoint a replacement for Antonin Scalia following the Supreme Court Justice’s sudden death.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will have the most say in how the Republican controlled Senate proceeds, said that the appointment of the next Justice should wait until after the 2016 election.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” McConnell said in a statement. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
2016 Republican contenders have issued similar statements, with both Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) saying that the decision should be stalled.
Despite heavy Republican opposition, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that “the President and the Senate should get to work without delay to nominate, consider and confirm the next Justice.”
“The American people deserve to have a fully functioning Supreme Court,” Leahy said. “The Supreme Court of the United States is too important to our democracy for it to be understaffed for partisan reasons.”