Senator Roger Wicker just said on the Paul Gallo Radio Show (WFMN) that the Senate should not confirm any Supreme Court nomination submitted by President Barack Obama to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. The President announced he will submit a nomination after Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday.
Senator Wicker said:
My constituents deserve to know where I stand on the issue of moving forward this year of confirming a replacement for Justice Scalia...
My position is this decision is too important and too consequential to let this current President make the decision in an election year. That the next president should choose Judge Scalia's replacement....
The Senator also cited none other than Senate Democrat stalwart Chuck Shumer's remarks from 2007 in defense of his stand:
We should reverse the presumption of confirmation,’ Schumer told the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. ‘The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice [John Paul] Stevens replaced by another [Chief Justice John] Roberts, or Justice [ Ruth Bader] Ginsburg by another [ Samuel] Alito.’” Mr. Schumer went on to say that he would recommend to his Senate colleagues “that we should not confirm any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court except in extraordinary circumstances
Senator Thad Cochran issued this statement:
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today released the following statement regarding the process by which the Senate may consider filling the seat held by the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court:
“There is significant precedent for holding a Supreme Court vacancy open through the end of a president’s term in an election year. This is a good policy that has served the nation well and should continue to guide us. I think it is appropriate that the next president be accountable for this nomination.”