GOP Senators: No hearing, no vote for Obama Court pick

Posted at 1:29 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 13:29:04-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee say there will be no hearing for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that there would be “no hearing, no vote.”

The Judiciary Committee traditionally reviews any nominee and holds confirmation hearings before voting and sending the nomination to the full Senate.

McConnell earlier said his party won’t permit a vote on any nominee submitted by Obama and instead will “revisit the matter” after the presidential election in November.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said GOP members of the panel “believe the American people need to decide” who will make the selection rather than a lame-duck president.