Senate GOP leaders planned to block U.S. President Joe Biden’s appointment to the Supreme Court if they took the majority in the following year’s midterm elections. Five senators from the opposition party raised concerns around the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, and they told CNN that they would oppose any possible nominee out of the White House.
However, Democrats in the White House and the Senate, though they have come off the November elections more concerned in last some weeks about a possible elimination in the midterms, are still avoiding calling the judge directly to resign, fearing that it would blowback and encourage the eighty-three-years-old Breyer to stay on the seat.
Moreover, the judge told many individuals who made unofficial efforts to force him to retire that he thinks the confirmation process should not be political. Whereas Democratic leaders worry that he would remain an act of resistance to demonstrate he is not resigning himself to politics. Still, top Democratic leaders across the U.S. would like Breyer to announce he is going even before the court term’s end in June. Therefore, they can get moving on confirmation hearings before the 2022 midterms.
Breyer has made clear that the joy he gets out of his daily routine transcends the trajectory of American history—but it’s pointless for Democrats to tip-toe around it. Biden should endorse expanding the Court. If Breyer decides to retire to try to head that off, even better. https://t.co/WeVFeG6UCb
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) December 20, 2021
Over the political calendar is on their minds – with their fifty-fifty margin and many aging Senate Democratic leaders coming from GOP governors and states, they head into 2022 concerning that their control of the House chamber could ruin at any moment. Privately, several Senate Democratic leaders complain that judge Breyer appears to have let his ego surpass him, and he is not being truthful to how fundamentally the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation politics changed in the past years.
Openly, they continue to approach the judge delicately. Questioned if the fifty-fifty Senate divide, the health of his comrades, and own health of Breyer should be swift the timeline of justice, Senator Sheldon White House chose his words carefully, noticing that he would intentionally avoid calling for the retirement of Breyer.
GOP Ready for Reiteration of Merrick Garland Pick
Senate GOP leaders are not shy about laying out how they will handle a supreme court nomination from President Biden if they take the majority. The ranking GOP on the Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley, said that the rule is on that. But, of course, there is no such rule. Senate GOP leaders appealed several what they call rules in the last some years to explain, let’s say, declining to hold confirmation hearings for justice Merrick Garland.
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