GOP Sen. Collins: Senate Should Hold ‘Public Hearings’ On Obama SCOTUS Nominee

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 17 - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with reporters after the weekly Senate Republicans luncheon in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, November 17, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll ... UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 17 - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with reporters after the weekly Senate Republicans luncheon in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, November 17, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) MORE LESS
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Moderate Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Monday said that the Senate should hold confirmation hearings for President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, despite calls from Republican leadership to block any nominee from the President.

“I think the obligation of the Senate is to carefully consider any nominee whom the president submits,” Collins told reporters, according to The Hill. “The best way to do that, in my judgement, is public hearings.”

Collins told CNN on Monday that the Senate should proceed “one step at a time,” but added that she would consider Obama’s nominee.

“For my part, it’s clear that the President can send up a nominee — regardless of where he is before he leaves office,” she told CNN. “It is the duty of the Senate, under the Constitution, to give our advice and give our consent or withhold our consent. I believe we should follow the regular order and give careful consideration to any nominee that the president may send to the Senate.”

Collins’ initial statement on the confirmation process was not as strong. Last week, Collins said that “more than any other appointment upon which the Senate is called to pass judgment, nominees to the Supreme Court warrant in-depth consideration given the importance of their constitutional role and their lifetime tenure.”

Collins’ latest comments follow an op-ed from Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in which he wrote that the Senate should consider Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

“I also recognize my duty as a senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information,” Kirk wrote.

Yet Republican leadership does not appear to be willing to consider a nominee before the 2016 election. When asked on Monday if the Senate would hold hearings on Obama’s nominee, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said “no,” according to CNN.

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  1. For all her faults, if Senator Collins was typical of the Republican Party, this would be a much better country

  2. Really? She loves to BS about “moderation” but Mitch can always count on her vote. She’s just your typical phony Republican.

  3. Perhaps playing the Party Line here would threaten her continued tenure by alienating her constituents. Would be my guess, anyway.

  4. Wow, Harry Potter has REALLY let himself go!
    And I am so fucking sick of this “Susan Collins is a moderate” bullshit. She’s probably getting reamed to the extreme in her home state, because that’s the only way that any Republican goes against the reptilian Teabagger leadership of the Republican Party.

  5. Reminds me of a great Harry Reid quote about Joe Lieberman:

    “He’s always there for me…except when I need him.”

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