Top Senate GOPer Shoots Down Lame Duck Confirmation: ‘Makes No Sense’

March 17, 2016 2:05 p.m.

Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Thursday that considering President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, during the lame duck session after the election, as some Republicans have suggested, “makes no sense,” according to The Hill.

“I know there has been some members of the press who asked … how about in a lame-duck session of the Congress,” he said, according to The Hill. “I think that is a terrible idea.”

Both Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have suggested they would be willing to consider Garland after the November election if a Democrat wins the White House.

Cornyn said such a move would not support Republicans’ argument that the next president choose the Supreme Court nominee.

“I, for one, believe we ought to be consistent, and that consistent principle is the American people deserve to be heard and their voices heeded on who makes that selection to something as important as filling this vacancy on the Supreme Court,” he said, according to The Hill.

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