By Walter Alarkon - 04/09/10 10:37 PM EDT
Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer will testify before House appropriators Thursday on the High Court's budget request.
Members of the Supreme Court annually appear before the House Appropriations subcommittee for Commerce, Justice and Science to ask for funding for the next fiscal year. The exchange is normally cordial; lawmakers avoid getting into judicial cases and stick to questions about staff and operations costs. The most contentious issue is usually whether to allow cameras to broadcast oral arguments, which justices have opposed.
The hearing comes as the Senate gears up for a nomination fight over the successor to Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced Friday he would retire after the current term. President Barack Obama plans to name a nominee within weeks, the White House said.