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24 Times Mitch McConnell Demanded The Senate Vote On Judicial Nominees

In his 31 years as a senator, Mitch McConnell has argued that the Senate must fulfill its Constitutional duty and vote on a president’s judicial nominee at least 24 times.

A thorough search of the Congressional Record reveals that the senator has spoken eloquently and repeatedly of the Senate’s rich 200+ year tradition of promptly confirming presidential nominees. He has even explained that the Senate’s obligation under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution requires an up-or-down vote. All of these claims are in direct contrast to McConnell’s refusal to hold hearings for President Obama’s yet-to-be-announced nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Below, in reverse chronological order, is a list demonstrating McConnell’s strong commitment to granting judicial nominees from both parties a simple up-or-down vote.

  1. “So even, you know, as you have a lame­duck president, there is a historical standard for fairness when it comes to confirming judicial nominees.” [7/14/2008] TWEET

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