Vote on President Trump’s Nomination, Senators—the Sooner the Better

Should the U.S. Senate act before the election on President Trump’s soon-to-arrive nomination of a new Supreme Court justice? Or should Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put off such a vote until after the election, or even until after the inauguration (assuming Trump’s defeat)?

Some people think the latter is the right thing to do, including at least two of McConnell’s fellow Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins. Murkowski was on record even before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, and Collins released this statement on the day after Ginsburg’s death: 

In order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently—no matter which political party is in power. President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s beginning the process of reviewing his nominee’s credentials.

Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election. In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd.

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