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If Republicans Confirm New Justice, Scholars Say Democratic Court Packing Is Possible
With President Trump soon to nominate a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, some Democrats are returning to an idea that hasn't been seriously proposed since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt: increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court.
McConnell digs in on vow to fill Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is digging in ahead of an explosive fight over the Supreme Court seat left vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. McConnell, during his first remarks from the Senate floor since Ginsburg's death on Friday, argued there was "more than enough time" to confirm President Trump's forthcoming nominee before the end of the year and rebuffed charges of hypocrisy from Democrats after Republicans refused to move former President Obama's nominee in 2016. "The historical precedent is overwhelming, and it runs in one direction. If our Democratic colleagues want to claim they are outraged, they can only be outraged at the plain facts of American history," McConnell said. WHEN YOU SUPPORTOUR ADVERTISERS,YOU SUPPORT US.THANK YOU! McConnell, reiterating his remarks from Friday night, vowed that "the Senate will vote on this nomination this year." The GOP leader declined to respond to questions from reporters off the Senate floor about whether he will push for a vote before the Nov. 3 election, which is only 43 days away.