Sen. Mitch McConnell said Friday the Senate will vote to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell said in a statement issued Friday night.
It is unclear whether McConnell plans on bringing a potential nominee to a vote before or after this November’s election.
McConnell’s decision is likely to impact politics in tight races across the country, as Americans have already begun voting. McConnell is running for re-electionn against Democrat Amy McGrath.
McConnell drew fire for blocking nominee Merrick Garland during former President Obama’s final term in office.
In his statement Friday, McConnell said: “In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.
“By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.