Here’s a checklist of the Republican senators that CNN is watching and the place they stand on filling the vacant Supreme Court docket seat throughout an election yr.
Keep in mind: Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell has stated there will likely be a vote on President Trump’s nominee.
There are at present 53 GOP senators — which means McConnell can solely lose three Republicans earlier than Vice President Mike Pence might forged a tie-breaking vote. Ought to two extra Republican senators say they oppose motion on Trump’s forthcoming nominee, Democrats can have sufficient assist to punt the nomination to the lame-duck session of Congress.
Sen. Susan Collins
Collins, who’s going through a troublesome re-election battle in Maine, issued an announcement Saturday saying that voting on a nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court docket seat ought to wait till after the election. However, her workplace has not responded to CNN’s questions on whether or not she would vote in opposition to a Trump nominee both earlier than the election or within the lame-duck session.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Murkowski, of Alaska, issued an announcement Sunday saying she opposes taking over a Supreme Court docket nomination previous to Election Day.
Nevertheless, she didn’t deal with whether or not she would oppose a Trump nominee in a lame duck session if Joe Biden wins. Murkowski’s workplace wouldn’t remark to CNN on this query on Sunday.
Sen. Cory Gardner
Gardner, going through a troublesome re-election in Colorado, didn’t reply Saturday whether or not he would stand by his 2016 phrases that the “subsequent President ought to decide on” the Supreme Court docket nominee.
At an area city corridor, Gardner responded with out referring to his 2016 assertion, and targeted on Ginsburg’s dying.
“We have to be sure that we’re giving time for private reflection on this lack of an American icon,” Gardner stated, “there’s time for debate, there’s time for politics, however the time for now could be to wish for the household.”
Sen. Lamar Alexander
Alexander, of Tennessee, who is about to retire this yr, has but to remark whether or not he would assist the Supreme Court docket emptiness being stuffed earlier than the presidential election.
Sen. Chuck Grassley
Grassley, of Iowa, is a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is in control of the method for filling a Supreme Court docket emptiness.
In July, Grassley advised CNN that he couldn’t reply the query as he’s not chairman.
“[M]y place is that if I had been chairman of the committee, I could not transfer ahead with it however you’d have to ask Graham what he will do. I can not reply that query,” he stated.
On Sunday, Grassley’s workplace had no remark if that’s nonetheless his place.
Sen. Mitt Romney
Romney, of Utah, has, at occasions, been at odds with the President Trump and was the lone Republican to vote to take away him from workplace. He has but to touch upon the method of filling the Supreme Court docket emptiness.