Mitch McConnell Said The Senate Will Vote On Trump's Replacement For Ruth Bader Ginsburg - 2020-09-19
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Friday he will support President Donald Trump in attempting to fill the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat this fall, despite the imminent presidential election.
"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," he said in a press release. "President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."
McConnell famously refused to allow former president Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to proceed in 2016. At the time, McConnell argued it was an election year and voters should decide who filled the next Supreme Court seat; Garland was nominated in March of that year, eight months away from the election.