Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor that a confirmation vote would be held this fall. "A high-profile Supreme Court battle will certainly remind all your voters what is at stake".
His retirement, which takes effect on July 31, gives Trump a second Supreme Court appointment in his 17 months in office after the Republican president previous year selected Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices.
"Anything that we can do to soften the blow of Roe v. Wade or weaken it or dilute it, it's up to us to do that", said Lawrence Bagley, a Louisiana Republican state representative.
"I want to be one of the people who said no", the 26-year-old told AFP. "No society should leave it to a court to make most of its decisions", he once told an acquaintance.
A week into his presidency, Trump fulfilled a campaign promise and announced a 90-day ban on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Already, some of the most vulnerable senators were avoiding taking positions on what had quickly become a rallying cry for most of their Democratic colleagues: that the confirmation vote be scheduled after the midterm elections.
"If someone is appointed who doesn't take the same moderate approach on issues, it's going to give a pretty hard and fast right-wing tinge to the court", he added. There's a decorum we should have.
The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization, launched a seven-figure ad buy Wednesday, aimed at vulnerable Democrats, said chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino. In that case, too, Kennedy first sided with and provided a majority to justices who would have effectively overruled Roe.
But for Republicans who have feared a massive enthusiasm advantage for Democrats, the sudden vacancy that could shape the court's direction for a generation was nothing short of a gift from the political gods.
Trump already has left an imprint on the court, restoring its 5-4 conservative majority with the appointment of Gorsuch after the Republicans in the Senate in 2016 refused to consider former Democratic President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.
One Democrat, Sen. Chris Murphy of CT, has proposed legislation to block funding for enforcing the ban.
While Republicans are favored to still control the chamber next year, Democrats see the court nominee as an issue that could fire up their base and help them flip the House and make inroads in the Senate.
Another top Republican, Sen.
Key Republicans are welcoming the Supreme Court decision upholding President Donald Trump's travel ban on visitors from mostly Muslim countries.
Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, who is up for re-election as a Democrat in a state that voted for Trump, thanked Kennedy for his service.
When asked about Democrats wanting to wait until after the election, Sen.
Anthony Kennedy's announcement of his retirement from the Supreme Court on Wednesday creates an opening for President Donald Trump to reshape the ideological makeup of the nation's highest court for decades to come, a best-case scenario for a Republican Party that only reluctantly accepted the idea of the reality-star-turned-politician as its leader.
"I think we should just move ahead", he said. "This fight can't be about (saying), 'This is not normal!' This is not normal!' - that's not what this is".
"Millions of people are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject the President's nominee, and their voices deserve to be heard now, as leader McConnell thought they should deserve to be heard then". Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential prospect, tweeted. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of MA, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to wait until after the midterms to replace Kennedy. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Once again, Trump will draw this time from a list of 25 prospective candidates that was first established during the campaign and updated last fall, with advice from Leo and other conservatives.
The latest version of the travel ban has been fully in place since December, when the Supreme Court justices put the brakes on lower court decisions that had blocked part of it from being enforced. John Cornyn of Texas. Ted Cruz called the moment to replace Kennedy an "opportunity" for Republicans, who have the majority in the Senate, to choose someone who represents their values.
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