Where we have ended up in 2018 is actually where the framers began when they declared in Article II, Section 2 that the president "shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint. judges of the Supreme Court".
The president said he would review an existing list of 25 candidates for the opening.
Supreme Court vacancies have become a key voting issue in the US presidential elections. "No matter how I vote there are going to be people who are furious at me", Collins told POLITICO.
Other women on the list include Joan Larsen, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, and Allison Eid, who serves on the federal appeals court based in Denver and previously served as a Colorado Supreme Court justice. But it wasn't enough, she said. In 2003, he was nominated by Bush to the appeals court, but it took a recess appointment and a two-year standoff before Republicans and Democrats finally crafted a deal that confirmed him to the position. And they might get their first post-Kennedy victory very soon, as there is a major case that court is considering taking up having to do with legislative prayer.
A confirmation vote for Garland was never held, as the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell determined it was too soon before the presidential election.
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But the first lady's husband undercut the no-message message by tweeting that she was saying she really doesn't care about the "fake news" media.
Kennedy's news that he'll leave the court next month immediately activated a network of White House aides, congressional allies and outside advocates, all set for their second Supreme Court confirmation fight in two years. Kennedy's departure will allow Trump to shift the court decisively to the right, possibly for a generation, and opens the door to a rollback of access to abortion, gay rights and protections for minorities.
"It will make even more compelling the Republican argument that they have delivered on their promises and future control of the Senate is critical to accomplish conservative goals", he said.
His executive orders on the subject were challenged by the state of Hawaii and other states which said that the Trump's anti-Muslim comments showed that his policy was rooted in an animus toward Muslim people. Kennedy turns 82 in July and was the oldest justice behind 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In a CNN exit poll, 70 percent of 2016 American voters said the Supreme Court was an important factor in their vote.
In a statement, Murkowski noted her standards for the Supreme Court are "extremely high" and that she will cast an "independent vote" when the eventual nominee comes before the Senate.
Legal battles are already developing over newly enacted laws restricting abortion, including one in Arkansas that effectively bans medication abortions.
While their attempt this term fell short, when the case was punted on a technicality, a concurrence from Justice Elena Kagan may have provided a path to attracting Kennedy's vote.