On Feb. 13, President Obama declared that he would seek to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. His decision to fill the seat began another uproar from the GOP that may result in a prolonged fight with Republicans in Congress.
Obama said a nomination was “bigger than any one party.” According to the Associated Press:
With a half-dozen or more major cases before the court, Obama said he planned “to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time.”
Cruz and presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) have led the Republican field in calling for the Senate to refuse to consider a nominee to replace Scalia this year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seemed to agree Saturday, saying in a statement that the vacancy should “not be filled until we have a new president,” as noted in the Washington Post.
Since the unexpected death of Justice Scalia, the 2016 Republican presidential candidates seek to convince voters that they should pick Scalia’s replacement.
Meanwhile, Politico provided Obama’s Supreme Court short list. Whoever is nominated will have to consider the possibility of being in limbo for a year or more, if the Senate fails to act during the election year. The list includes, Sri Srinivasan, 48; Paul Watford, late 40s; Patricia Ann Millett, 52; Merrick Garland, 63; Loretta Lynch, 56.
Bahiyah Shabazz is the President of Shabazz Management Group, Fabulous & Money Savvy and BROWN GIRLS DO INVE$T. She has appeared and given financial advice on various media outlets, and is the author of Women Building Wealth.