Obama to discuss Supreme Court vacancy with members

Obama to discuss Supreme Court vacancy with members

President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaRivals and consumers will rein in Facebook, not regulation Obamas send handwritten note to Parkland students: 'We will be there for you' Water has experienced a decade of bipartisan success 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 Joseph LeahyMcCabe oversaw criminal probe into Sessions over testimony on Russian contacts: report Graham calls for Senate Judiciary hearing on McCabe firing McCabe firing roils Washington MORE (D-Vt.) and ranking member Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Dem moves to force vote on bill protecting Mueller Toobin goes off on Dershowitz for ‘carrying water’ for Trump Overnight Regulation: Groups sue over decision to end pay-data rule | EU proposes tax on tech companies | Sessions issues memo on death penalty for drug cases | Pruitt spent 5K on first class flights MORE (R-Ala.); Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTrump presses GOP to change Senate rules Only thing Defense’s UFO probe proves is power of political favors Nevada Democrat accused of sexual harassment reconsiders retirement: report MORE (D-Nev.); and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCollins: 'Extremely disappointing' ObamaCare fix left out of spending deal House poised to vote on .3T spending bill Budowsky: Stop Trump from firing Mueller 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.