Sen. King blasts Republicans for Supreme Court threats

Sen. King blasts Republicans for Supreme Court threats

In a statement released last night from Alaska, where he is attending a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee field hearing, independent Maine Senator Angus King cited the Constitution and called Republican promises to refuse to consider a Supreme Court nomination made by President Obama “cynical politics.”

Just hours after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell had already declared that “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

“The Framers were perfectly clear on two points: the President’s term is four years, not three years and one month, and the President ‘shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint[…] Judges of the supreme Court.’ To delay the consideration of a nomination for almost a full year would be nothing more than the cynical politics that people in Maine and across the country are tired of. I was sent here to do a job, and if the President nominates someone, then I hope I’ll have the opportunity to give them the proper merit-based consideration that is due to such a significant position,” said King.

Maine’s senior senator, Republican Susan Collins, has not made a similar, declarative statement, but did seem to indicate to Politico on Sunday that she would consider a nominee put forward by Obama based on “the nominee’s temperament, intellect, experience, integrity and respect for the Constitution and the rule of law.”

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