For Mr McConnell, it’s not clear what he can do to block a candidate, after he personally engineered a Senate rule change in 2017 to ensure that the Supreme Court’s choice is valid. can be confirmed. with a simple majority. On Thursday, it was reported that by withholding the voting quorum for a nominated candidate, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee could block a vote. But even that seems far-fetched, as such a provocation could force Democrats to unite around a rule change to put the nominee on the floor.
If Republicans join the opposition to his candidacy, Mr. Biden will need the support of all 50 Democratic and independent senators to win her confirmation, and if Mr. The president’s pick is “radical,” which could put pressure on the party’s centrists. to retain their support.
One potential target of a pressure campaign would be Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona, whose positions have so far helped block a sweeping voting rights bill and build building a social safety net and climate change measures. But Ms. Sinema has been relatively liberal towards Supreme Court candidates.
“I aim to fulfill my constitutional obligation to provide advice and consent by scrutinizing the next nominee based on three criteria: whether the nominee is professionally qualified or not, believes in the role of an independent judicial body and can be trusted to interpret honestly and uphold the rule of law,” she said on Thursday.
Mr Clyburn’s campaign was unusual, as as a member of the House of Commons he did not have a vote on the final candidate. But that didn’t stop him from pressing the case to Judge Childs of the United States District Court in South Carolina, who is a former district court judge in the state’s capital, Columbia, and an expert in employment law.
“There is no one sitting on the Supreme Court today who can showcase the background, experience, life and profession that Michelle Childs will bring to court. It’s as simple as that,” Clyburn said at the Washington Post event.
Mr. Biden first made his pledge to nominate an African-American woman to the Supreme Court in South Carolina ahead of that state’s key preliminary, at the urging of Mr. Clyburn. But Judge Childs isn’t the most experienced of the pool of potential candidates.
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