By Sam Youngman - 04/13/10 05:13 PM EDT
President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCoal company warns of mass layoffs Veep auditions in overdrive Green mega-donor launches pro-Clinton effort in Pa. 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 LeahyOvernight Tech: Obama signs FOIA reform bill | Musicians take YouTube fight to Europe | Feds probe first driverless car death Obama signs bill to expand access to federal records Dems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle MORE (D-Vt.) and ranking member Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsVeep auditions in overdrive Trump says he turned down offer to speak every night at convention Gingrich, Christie top Trump’s VP list: report MORE (R-Ala.); Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Nev.); and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCongress fails on promises to restore regular order and stop funding by crisis Overnight Healthcare: Dems dig in over Zika funding Business groups ramp up pressure to fill Ex-Im board MORE (R-Ky.) will attend, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
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.