Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are urging Republican chair Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators preview bill to stop tech giants from prioritizing their own products Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Tim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter MORE (S.C.) not to bring a vote on a Supreme Court nominee until next year.
Their plea comes the day after the Supreme Court announced liberal Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Why do progressives want to cancel women? Couric says she edited Ginsburg interview to 'protect' justice from criticism MORE died of complications with pancreatic cancer Friday evening. She was 87. Her death instantly sparked a partisan battle over the fate of the new vacancy on the conservative-majority court.
In a letter to Graham, Democratic lawmakers on the committee pointed to a precedent set after the 2016 election-year death of the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia when Graham called for delaying a nomination until after the election.
“In light of the vacancy created by Justice Ginsburg’s death, we call upon you to state unequivocally and publicly that you will not consider any nominee to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat until after the next President is inaugurated,” the Democratic senators wrote. “There cannot be one set of rules for a Republican President and one set for a Democratic President, and considering a nominee before the next inauguration would be wholly inappropriate.”
The Democratic members of the committee quoted Graham’s statements in 2016 and 2018 that have resurfaced since Ginsburg’s death, where he directly said that the Senate would not fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020.
Graham indicated Saturday that he would reverse course and back President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) in their effort to fill the vacancy this year.
“We urge you to adhere to your own words and commit publicly that you will not consider a nominee to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat until after the next president is inaugurated,” the Democratic senators wrote.