Lawmakers reflect on legacy of Justice Ginsburg, future of Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The steps of the Supreme Court became a memorial to the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this weekend.
A major force in fights for gender equality, and a cultural icon on the political left, Ginsburg passed away Friday night at the age of 87. She died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer according to the court.
Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle reacted with statements filled with grief and praise for Ginsburg’s life and legacy. Meanwhile, the political question of how and when to select her successor immediately captured the attention of leaders and the rank-and-file on Capitol Hill.
With a presidential election looming in less than a month-and-a-half, President Donald Trump said he plans to nominate a conservative woman to replace Ginsburg imminently. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pledged that any nominee would get a vote before the Nov. 3rd election.
No Supreme Court nomination has ever been made or confirmed this close to a presidential election.
Democrats cry foul, calling such a move hypocritical after Republicans refused to consider Judge Merrick Garland in 2016. President Barack Obama nominated Garland in the spring of 2016 after the passing of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. McConnell and other G.O.P. leaders argued the 2016 presidential election should determine which party chose a successor.
The chamber never officially considered Garland, and in 2017, confirmed President Donald Trump’s choice: Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Our Washington D.C. Bureau is catching up with senators and representatives from across the country. You can find their full interviews in the videos below.
Sen. Patrick Leahy // D-Vermont
Rep. Mike Johnson // R-Louisiana
Rep. Brett Guthrie // R-Kentucky
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith // R-Mississippi
Sen. Sherrod Brown // D-Ohio
Rep. James Comer // R-Kentucky
Rep. Raul Grijalva // D-Arizona
Sen. Roger Wicker // R-Mississippi
Sen. Kelly Loeffler // R-Georgia
Rep. Marcy Kaptur // D-Ohio
Sen. Josh Hawley // R-Missouri
Sen. Angus King // I-Maine
Rep. Jim Clyburn // D-South Carolina
Rep. Elise Stefanik // R-New York
Sen. James Risch // R-Idaho
Sen. Kevin Cramer // R-North Dakota
Rep. Austin Scott // R-Georgia
Rep. Hal Rogers // R-Kentucky
Sen. Joe Manchin // D-West Virginia
Rep. Louie Gohmert // R-Texas
Rep. Jared Golden // D-Maine
Rep. Michael Guest // R-Mississippi
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