Capitol Correspondence - 07.02.18

Senate GOP to Speed-Track Supreme Court Nomination

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According to Politico Pro:

“The second-ranked Senate GOP leader on Thursday suggested the Supreme Court confirmation vote to replace Anthony Kennedy would take place sometime in September, saying he “would be shocked” if the vote happened before Labor Day.

Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) added that he is “not opposed” to moving President Donald Trump’s nominee more quickly, but he noted that background checks on Trump’s still-unnamed pick are likely to take time.”

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed his intention to move rapidly on the nomination, as shared by Politico:

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday evening defended his drive to seat the next Supreme Court justice before Americans head to the polls in November.

‘The last time I looked, there’s no presidential election this year,’ McConnell told Fox News anchor Shannon Bream.”