Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t want Senate Republicans to abide by the “Biden Rule.”
“As you all know, the Senate Republicans have said they will not consider any nominee under any circumstances. They will not have any meetings with the nominee, they will not allow any hearings in the Judiciary Committee and they say there will be no vote on the Garland nomination,” Biden said. “Folks there’s already enough destruction in Washington, D.C., now is not the time to spread that dysfunction to the Supreme Court of the United States of America”
House Majority Leader [crscore]Mitch McConnell[/crscore] and Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said they with continue to observe the so-called Biden Rule, a reference to Biden’s comments in 1992 urging the president not to nominate a Supreme Court justice in an election year. The lawmakers argue the American people deserve a voice in who will fill the vacancy left by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.
Biden slammed McConnell’s decision not to meet with Garland, saying it is not how he handled the process when he served as chairman or ranking member of the committee.
“Every nominee was greeted by every committee member,every nominee got a committee hearing, every nominee got out of the committee to the Senate floor even when a nomination did not receive a majority vote on the Senate floor because the constitution says the Senate shall give its advice and consent,” he said.
While McConnell says he will not meet with Garland, Grassley says he is open to a meeting but will not change his position on considering the nominee.
Garland is scheduled to meet five senators in both parties Monday, The New York Times reports.
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