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    By Michael Hernandez

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—”My decision regarding a Supreme Court nomination is based on the immutable fairness of following the law, which in this case is the Constitution and precedent,” said Utah-R Senator Mitt Romney as he gave his support for a Senate vote on President Donald J. Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee on Saturday for filling the vacant seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    “Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”

    Senator Corey Gardner (R-CO), had announced Monday evening that he too will vote to confirm Trump’s nominee should he or she meet the criteria.

    “I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law,” said Senator Gardner. “Should a qualified nominee who meet this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm.”

    Both these two U.S Senators echoed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who noted that the “historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.”  

    Days earlier, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had spoken on Fox News that 29 nominations have been made in the course of U.S. history for a Supreme Court nominee during an election year. Senator Cruz reported that 19 of those nominations came when the President and U.S. Senate was of the same party with 17 confirmed (a 90 percent rate of approval). Ten of those nominations were made when the party of the President and the Senate majority were different. In those cases, only two were confirmed (an 80 percent disapproval rate of the nominee).

    Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in speaking to the media had said that four Republicans would need to vote “no” on a Supreme Court nominee in order to not fill the empty Supreme Court seat since there are 53 Republican Senators.  Previously, both Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) had expressed reservations with such a vote by the U.S. Senate.

    The American Center for Law and Justice reported in today’s broadcast that the support given by both Senators Romney and Gardner for confirming a nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court provided the necessary votes needed to move forward in filling the empty Supreme Court seat.

     

    Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].


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    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    2 years ago

    It sounds like we’re going to have to face “the arrow’s” in Nancy’s quiver; if they exist at all.

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