McConnell praises Justice Ginsberg, plans to move quickly to fill vacancy

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 87, who died Friday following a battle with cancer.

“The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.

“Justice Ginsburg overcame one personal challenge and professional barrier after another. She climbed from a modest Brooklyn upbringing to a seat on our nation’s highest court and into the pages of American history. Justice Ginsburg was thoroughly dedicated to the legal profession and to her 27 years of service on the Supreme Court. Her intelligence and determination earned her respect and admiration throughout the legal world, and indeed throughout the entire nation, which now grieves alongside her family, friends, and colleagues.”

McConnell also said he plans to pursue the nomination of a new justice before the November election. In 2016 he blocked the nomination of a justice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia in the last month of President Obama’s term. He says the difference is the Republican majority in the Senate along with a Republican President. In 2016 Republicans were the majority in the Senate, but the president was a Democrat.

"In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.

"By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.

"President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

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