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Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg

Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election Overnight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday night ordered flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgThe truth, the whole truth about protecting preexisting conditions McConnell plans to fill two key circuit court seats even if Trump loses GOP faces fundraising reckoning as Democrats rake in cash MORE.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill shared the news about Pelosi's order on Twitter. Hammill confirmed to The Hill that the flags would remain at half-staff until Ginsburg is laid to rest, as is tradition.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, when an associate justice dies, flags are “to be displayed at half-staff from the day of death until interment.”

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Ginsburg died Friday night at the age of 87 following a battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court said, though a date has not been released.

Flags at the Capitol were previously lowered to half-staff earlier this summer following the death of Rep. John LewisJohn LewisBrown says Biden's first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights Harry Reid: Biden should give GOP three weeks to see if they will work with him NY Times slammed for glowing Farrakhan op-ed: 'You would think he was a gentleman' MORE (D-Ga.) in July.

Ginsburg was the court's liberal leader and was a trailblazing figure on gender equality.

"Every woman and girl, and therefore every family, in America has benefitted from her brilliance," Pelosi tweeted Friday night.

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News of Ginsburg's death prompted a visceral reaction on social media, with Democrats voicing concerns that President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE and Senate Republicans will attempt to fill the vacancy even though there is only 46 days until the election.

In early 2016, after former Justice Antonin Scalia died, former President Obama put forward Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandWhat a Biden administration should look like McConnell and Schumer's relationship shredded after court brawl Bitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court MORE as his pick for the high court, but the nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans who claimed that the American people should be able to have a say in who the next Supreme Court justice was through that year's election.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerReestablishing American prosperity by investing in the 'Badger Belt' House Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs MORE (D-N.Y.) on Friday night echoed what McConnell said four years ago.

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” Schumer tweeted.

However, McConnell indicated in a statement late Friday that Republicans would move to confirm a nominee put forward by Trump.

Four Senate Republicans would need to break ranks if Democrats want to block Trump. A handful of GOP senators have previously said that they would not vote to confirm a new justice to the bench so close to the general election.

“When Republicans held off Merrick Garland it was because nine months prior to the election was too close, we needed to let people decide,” Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiAlaska Senate race sees cash surge in final stretch Bitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Justice Barrett joins court; one week until Election Day MORE (R-Alaska) said last month. “And I agreed to do that. If we now say that months prior to the election is OK when nine months was not, that is a double standard and I don’t believe we should do it. … I would not support it.”

In 2018, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP faces fundraising reckoning as Democrats rake in cash The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states MORE (R-S.C.) said: “This may make you feel better, but I really don’t care. ... If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait until the next election."

Updated: 9:08 p.m.