WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.), the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has indicated that the committee may hold a confirmation hearing for the administration’s nominee to replace recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions,” Grassley told Radio Iowa.
Despite Grassley keeping a hearing on the table, leading Republican voices have urged President Barack Obama to refrain from naming a nominee, saying that it should be the responsibility of the next President.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Saturday. “This vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
President Barack Obama told reporters Saturday that he intends to publicly nominate Scalia’s successor “in due time.”