Obama to discuss Supreme Court vacancy with members

Obama to discuss Supreme Court vacancy with members

President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaDem senator: Trump thinks LGBT stands for 'Let’s Go Back in Time' Inauguration singer to Trump: Meet with me and my transgender sister NY attorney general: Transgender students to be protected despite withdrawal of Obama regulations MORE is scheduled to meet next week with key Senate leaders at the White House to discuss filling the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyDem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy A guide to the committees: Senate Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report MORE (D-Vt.) and ranking member Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsTrump administration withdraws protections for transgender students White House to roll back transgender protections The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ala.); Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief MORE (D-Nev.); and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPoll: Senate should confirm Gorsuch Cardboard cutouts take place of absent lawmakers at town halls GOP groups ramp up pressure on lawmakers over ObamaCare MORE (R-Ky.) will attend, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

The White House has said that Obama is still weeks away from making a decision on whom he will nominate to fill the seat. Republican leaders over the weekend suggested that the likelihood of a filibuster is small.

The meeting is a courtesy similar to one Obama extended to Senate leaders after Justice David Souter retired last year.

The president selected Justice Sonia Sotomayor to fill the seat, and she was confirmed before last fall's term.

Obama and White House aides have said they expect the Senate to vote on confirmation of whomever Obama selects this time over the summer, so the nominee can be seated before the start of the fall term in October.