Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is making it clear she does not approve of taking up a Supreme Court nomination ahead of the November presidential election.
“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said in a statement.
She added, “I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia. We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply.”
Murkowski is not the only key Republican senator to oppose filling the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the election.
In a statement released on Saturday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) stressed the seat should be filled by the next president.
“In order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently- no matter which political party is in power. President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s beginning the process of reviewing his nominee’s credentials,” Collins said.
She continued, “Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election. In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the president or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd.”
My statement on the Supreme Court vacancy: pic.twitter.com/jvYyDN5gG4— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 19, 2020
The Supreme Court announced the death of Ginsburg on Friday.
Ginsburg’s wish before her death was that she “will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”