Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP
Sep 09 2016
"If the Senate doesn't act, and the Senate is not acting, what can be done about it?" she said.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives to watch U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015.
We Need Nine, a White House-allied group, will hold a news conference in front of the Supreme Court building on Wednesday with Democratic senators and lawyers who previously worked as clerks for Garland.
Patrick Leahy, the Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. said he met with Garland to "see how he's doing".
Vice President Joe Biden also planned to be on the Hill Thursday to help turn up the pressure on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The US Constitution gives the Senate the job of confirming a president's judicial nominees.
Republicans sounded unconvinced. McConnell "has been crystal clear for the last seven months", an aide to the senator said on Tuesday.
The 83-year-old justice was responding to a student's question about Garland's stalled nomination and whether there is any "valid constitutional argument" that would prevent Obama from filling the seat.
But Democrats are eager to remind America of the GOP's treatment of Garland, even if the issue hasn't exactly caught fire on the campaign trail in the way Democrats hoped earlier this year, when they began an aggressive campaign to target vulnerable Republican senators up for reelection.
Scalia's death left the high court split with four liberal and four conservative justices and a vacancy in the thick of a fierce presidential election. His panel would hold any confirmation hearings.
Obama selected Garland to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative stalwart of the court who died at age 79 in February.
Biden stood on the Capitol steps with around 75 congressional Democrats and said Republicans should confirm Garland, curb guns for people on terrorism watch lists and approve funds to combat the Zika virus.