McConnell Refuses To Commit To A Floor Vote On The NEXT Prez’s SCOTUS Nom

As Senate Republicans harden their line on not considering the Supreme Court nominee President Obama puts forward, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that even a nominee put forward by the next president to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s spot might still face obstacles in getting confirmed.

Asked by a reporter at a press conference at the Capitol Tuesday whether he would commit to an up-or-down vote for the next president’s nominee, McConnell said, “No.” He added that he didn’t mean that a nominee would not be considered “at all.”

“What I am saying is, whoever the nominee is that comes up next year, will be considered by the Senate,” McConnell added. “What the procedures, the process would be, I don’t know. But at the beginning of a four-year term, the suggestion that the Senate of either party wouldn’t consider a nominee at all would not be correct.”

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