My statement regarding the current Supreme Court vacancy: pic.twitter.com/6YO0dPWWXc
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) September 22, 2020
Republican Senator Mitt Romney pledged today to back a vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, giving Senate Republicans a path forward on the nomination.
“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Romney said in a statement.
After Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado announced yesterday that they would also be supporting a vote on Mr. Trump’s pick, eyes fell on Romney as one of the few Senators that could possibly derail a nomination.
Republicans hold a narrow 53-47 seat majority in the U.S. Senate meaning they could afford only a handful of defections before a nomination was blocked.
Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – who is facing a tough reelection campaign in a blue state this cycle – are the only Senate Republicans to say they will not support a vote on Mr. Trump’s pick before November’s election.
President Trump nominee will be announced Saturday from the White House.
I will be announcing my Supreme Court Nominee on Saturday, at the White House! Exact time TBA.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2020
Not long ago, Joe Biden said that “the American people deserve a fully-staffed court of nine.”
Fill the seat! pic.twitter.com/K8GpnAMEly
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) September 21, 2020