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Ginsburg to lie in state in Capitol on Friday

Ginsburg to lie in state in Capitol on Friday
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The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general A powerful tool to take on the Supreme Court — if Democrats use it right Fauci says he was nervous about catching COVID-19 in Trump White House MORE will lie in state in the Capitol's Statuary Hall on Friday, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster House Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow MORE (D-Calif.) announced on Monday.

Ginsburg will also lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday to give members of the public further opportunities to pay their respects.

Ginsburg will be the first woman and second Supreme Court justice to lie in state in the Capitol. The only other Supreme Court justice to be granted the honor was William Howard Taft in March 1930. Taft had served as the court's chief justice and as president.
 
The civil rights icon Rosa Parks laid in honor in the Capitol rotunda in 2005, but as a government official, Ginsburg will be the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol. 

The announcement from Pelosi noted that a formal ceremony will be held at the Capitol on Friday morning, but will be invitation-only due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The last person to lie in state in the Capitol was the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisHarris holds first meeting in ceremonial office with CBC members Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' MORE (D-Ga.), who died in July. Lewis laid in state in the Capitol rotunda, but officials also displayed his casket at the top of the Capitol's east front steps to allow for an outdoor public viewing that accommodated social distancing guidelines for the coronavirus pandemic.

Ginsburg's death has set off a brawl in the Senate over filling her vacancy just over a month before the November elections.

President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE (R-Ky.) are pushing to fill the vacancy as soon as possible, potentially before the elections. But Democrats have cried foul over the GOP's rush to fill the vacancy left by Ginsburg, a liberal icon, when McConnell refused to consider then-President Obama's nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. 

Trump has pledged to nominate a woman to fill the vacancy on the court.

Only two Republicans, Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsHouse passes sweeping protections for LGBTQ people Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWashington Post denounces abuse of reporter Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Mean tweets may take down Biden nominee MORE (Alaska), have said they oppose filling the vacancy left by Ginsburg before the elections.

Ginsburg, 87, died on Friday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.