It should worry us that these judges are at the head of the line for appointment to a court where the future of health care and environmental protection, along with the rights of women, people of color, LGBTQ people, workers and consumers are literally on the line.
Still, Charles Geyh, an expert on the judiciary and professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, said whomever Trump picks, the next court might still choose not to go at Roe v. Wade directly, instead choosing to chip away at the decision in a series of smaller cases.
McConnell's inability past year to fulfill a longtime Republican promise of undoing Obama's signature health-care law strained his relationship with Trump and turned him into a momentary villain in his own party.
Even if the vacancy is filled before November, months of pre-election discussion of the court, and Trump's presumed fulfilment of his promise to appoint right-wing justices, could help boost Republican enthusiasm. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate "will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall".
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Kennedy confirmed his resignation in a brief letter to the president.
"That was a presidential election year, so that was very, very different", he said of Garland's nomination.
The court could well decide the outcome of the recent family separation crisis at the border, too, and existential questions about the Trump presidency itself if that is where Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation leads. The last time it was a new president being elected.
"Hawaii litigated this case", Ferguson said in a statement released by his office.
Republicans, meanwhile, have every interest in holding confirmation hearings as soon as possible.
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There is, of course, a chance that Democrats and some anti-Trump Republicans are able to continually block this nominee, much like Sen. He nominated conservative judge Neil Gorsuch in 2017. Republicans will be looking to win their votes over once more.
"The Senate should not consider any Supreme Court nominee until after the midterm elections", said Senator Edward J. Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat.
What could complicate matters for Republicans is the conservative bent of Trump's eventual nominee.
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Conservative activists have long dreamed of building a firmly conservative majority on the court that would push to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling in the case Roe v Wade that legalised abortion nationwide. "And women who are poor, who might not have the resources to take time off of work or stay in a hotel out of state, would be more likely to either bring pregnancies to term or terminate them illegally using something like black-market medication".
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