While the RNLA mourns the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia, the importance of finding the right successor, especially in a presidential election year is paramount. In a press release yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated:
“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.”
Echoing Leader McConnell’s sentiments, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley stated:
“The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the last nearly 80 years that Supreme Court nominees are not nominated and confirmed during a presidential election year. Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this President, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice.”
The RNLA thanks Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley for their leadership as we not only mourn the loss of a champion of the Constitution, but for setting the course for selecting a successor after the election to defer to the American people.