Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is not shying away, from wanting the senate to take action on a Supreme Court nominee.
Leahy says the president still has a constitutional duty to nominate a successor, regardless of whether it was made in a presidential election year.
Leahy is the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He told us, during his time on the committee, it’s never refused to send a nomination to the full senate for consideration.
He said the nation would look crazy to the rest of the world, if this isn’t done.
“Here we have our court system. Our Federal Court system is a model for the rest of the world. They would say, this is the United States of America? They cannot get their act together? I do not want to see that,” Sen. Leahy told Local 22/Local 44 News.
Leahy is expected to give a news conference in Boston, Friday on this and other topics.
In excerpts from his prepared statement he also said, “I have served in the Senate for more than four decades, and on the Judiciary Committee for 36 years. During that time, Supreme Court nominees have always been treated differently compared to other nominees — they have always received a hearing and they have always been reported to the full Senate.”