Speaking to members of the press Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama will spend a “significant portion of weekend” reviewing nominees to fill the recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat.
Congressional members of the Republican party, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), have called on Obama to withhold any nominations until the next president is elected and sworn in next January. An assertion the White House has dismissed.
On Thursday, Senate Minority leader Harry Reid (NV) said that he expects Obama to deliver a nomination to the Senate for consideration within “the next three weeks.”
The White House has assured the Senate and press that the president is looking to deliver a nominee that has received support from both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, the chamber responsible for clearing way to fill the recently vacant seat.