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  • Filling the Supreme Court Vacancy


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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-05-18

    McCONNELL. Now, on another matter, Mr. President, last week, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee said that some would like to do ``some sort of a pretend hearing'' on the President's Supreme...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-05-18

    REID. Mr. President, again the senior Senator from Kentucky complains about the fact that the most senior member of the Senate, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Pat Leahy, is going...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-05-11

    REID. Mr. President, last week, the senior Senator from Iowa confirmed what Democrats have said all along: Senate Republicans want Donald Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. I am sorry to direct...



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    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-04-21

    CARDIN. Mr. President, I recently had the opportunity to convene a roundtable at the University of Baltimore School of Law entitled: ``Why Nine? A Discussion on the Importance of a Fully Functioning...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-04-12

    REID. Mr. President, last Thursday the senior Senator from Iowa came to the floor to declare that he is feeling no pressure in blocking President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland....



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-04-07

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, President Obama will fly to Chicago, where he will try to convince Americans that, despite his own actions while in the Senate to deny a Supreme Court nominee a vote, the Constitution...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-04-07

    REID. Mr. President, we can play around all we want with the Supreme Court and what the Constitution says or doesn't say, but we know that the Constitution says that the President shall--not may, but...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-04-05

    REID. Mr. President, the senior Senator from Iowa, who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, came to the floor yesterday afternoon in an attempt to divert attention away from that committee and his...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-17

    CORNYN. Madam President, on another matter, we all know that yesterday President Obama exercised his authority under the U.S. Constitution to suggest to the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court of...



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    Senator Maria Cantwell

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-17

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    Senator David Perdue

    From: GA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-17

    PERDUE. Madam President, regarding the vacancy on the Supreme Court, many of our colleagues in the minority party have said the same things we are saying today. Let's stop kidding each other. This kind...



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    Senator Deb Fischer

    From: NE

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-17

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    Senator James Lankford

    From: OK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-16

    LANKFORD. Mr. President, upon waking this morning, like a lot of other people did, I put on the news. About midway through the morning, about 7 a.m., a bulletin came out that the President had selected...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-15

    CORNYN. Mr. President, on another note, I come to the floor to make a few remarks about the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Scalia. It is pretty clear that our colleagues across...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-14

    REID. Madam President, Senate Republicans have finally admitted that their obstruction of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee has nothing to do with precedent, it has nothing to do with history,...



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    Senator Tammy Baldwin

    From: WI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-14

    BALDWIN. Madam President, I rise today to speak about something that guides the work of each and every one of us--the U.S. Constitution. Each and every one of us has taken an oath of office to support...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-10

    REID. Mr. President, 3 years ago voters went to the ballot to elect a President of the United States, the most powerful Nation in the world. The American people spoke, and they overwhelmingly elected...



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    Senator John Barrasso

    From: WY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-10

    BARRASSO. Madam President, I come to the floor today to talk about what I have been hearing from people in Wyoming about the issue of whether President Obama should nominate the next Supreme Court Justice. ...



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    Senator Thom Tillis

    From: NC

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-10

    TILLIS. Mr. President, I appreciate the opportunity to come to the floor and talk a little about the ongoing dialogue we are having on the Supreme Court nomination. Before I start this speech, I wanted...



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    Senator Jeff Flake

    From: AZ

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-10

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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-09

    REID. Mr. President, the Republican leader and I have worked together in leadership capacities in the Senate for almost 20 years. He has been the whip and I was the whip. I was majority leader, he was...



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    Senator Tom Cotton

    From: AR

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-09

    COTTON. Mr. President, there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and this Chamber and the American people must fully understand what is at stake in choosing the person to fill that vacancy. For a generation,...



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    Senator John Thune

    From: SD

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-09

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    Senator James M. Inhofe

    From: OK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-09

    INHOFE. Mr. President, I am rising now to respond to a statement that was made by our good friend from Illinois a few minutes ago, to clarify. It is kind of interesting that we look back and we find...



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    Senator Daniel Sullivan

    From: AK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-09

    SULLIVAN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. [[Page S1395]] The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. ...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-08

    REID. Mr. President, I have an article here from CNN. It is quite illuminating. When I was a boy growing up in the town of Searchlight, we didn't have people of color--no one, ever. When I went away...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-08

    DURBIN. Mr. President, several weeks ago, the untimely passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, which now has only eight Justices. It called into question...



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    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-08

    BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Flake). Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President,...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-07

    REID. Madam President, from the Des Moines Register. Two former Lieutenant Governors of the State of Iowa--and I am sure the Acting President pro tempore knows both of them, one a Democrat and one a...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-07

    GRASSLEY. Madam President, as my colleagues in the Senate just heard, the tantrums from the other side continue, but I guess it shouldn't surprise anybody because everyone around here knows that nothing...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-07

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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-03

    REID. Mr. President, listen to these words: fair, respectful, deliberative, and thorough. These are the words the senior Senator from Iowa, Mr. Grassley, once used to describe the way Supreme Court nominations...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-02

    REID. Mr. President, we now have a new rule called the Biden rule, which I guess was invented this morning. What happens when my friend the Republican leader, as he did yesterday, talks about what Senator...



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    Senator Michael F. Bennet

    From: CO

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-02

    BENNET. Mr. President, I am here tonight to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy caused by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. First, I think it is important to reflect on Justice Scalia's life and profound...



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    Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

    From: PA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-02

    CASEY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak as in morning business. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. CASEY. Mr. President, I, too, rise this evening to discuss...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-03-01

    REID. Mr. President, the Republicans, in an effort to try to cloud the issue regarding selection of the Supreme Court replacement, usually don't provide a full quote. For example, they keep talking about...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-29

    REID. Madam President, ``History won't forget this misstep by Grassley,'' this poster says. ``History won't forget this misstep by Grassley.'' That is from the Burlington Hawk Eye, Iowa's oldest newspaper....



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    Senator Sherrod Brown

    From: OH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-29

    BROWN. Madam President, in the last 2 minutes I would like to say a few more words about the Supreme Court vacancy. Four former U.S. attorneys from Ohio, Washington State, California, and Virginia...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-29

    GRASSLEY. Well, Madam President, it is another day and another tantrum from the minority leader, but it doesn't matter how much the minority leader jumps up and down or how much the minority leader stomps...



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    Senator Thomas R. Carper

    From: DE

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-29

    CARPER. Madam President, this is a day-night double header. That was the day game, and what I want to do now is focus on the second half of the story as long as time will allow me to do that. As the...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-25

    REID. Mr. President, I start with a statement the Republican leader made on the Senate floor in 2007: ``I will never agree to retreat from our responsibility to confirm qualified judicial nominees.'' ...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-25

    GRASSLEY. Mr. President, yesterday the minority leader came to the floor to disparage the work of the Senate Judiciary Committee and also disparage the work of the Senate as a whole. And, of course,...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-25

    DURBIN. Mr. President, I will thank my colleague from Iowa. I hoped to get a chance to speak to him personally about another matter, but I will call him from the floor afterward. We will get in touch....



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    Senator Orrin G. Hatch

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-25

    HATCH. Madam President, before I begin, let me note that I have been very concerned about the tenor of the debate. I am very upset that yesterday my dear friend, the minority leader, yesterday attacked...



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    Senator Sherrod Brown

    From: OH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-25

    BROWN. Madam President, the sudden passing and tragic death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia leaves us with a vacancy to fill on our country's highest Court, but it shouldn't lead us to a yearlong...



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    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-25

    MIKULSKI. Mr. President, I rise to speak in morning business on an issue before the American people, and that is the Supreme Court vacancy. I rise today to express my very deep, deep disappointment...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-25

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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-24

    REID. Mr. President, yesterday the senior Senator from Iowa, along with other Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that they won't be holding a hearing on President Obama's eventual...



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    Senator Al Franken

    From: MN

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-24

    FRANKEN. Mr. President, I rise today to address the recent vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court and to urge my colleagues to grant swift consideration of the President's eventual nominee. Make no mistake,...



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    Senator Mike Lee

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-24

    LEE. Mr. President, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an extraordinary man whose contributions to this country and the American people, whom he faithfully served from the bench, are so prodigious...



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    Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    From: NH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-24

    SHAHEEN. Mr. President, since the beginning of our Nation, the U.S. Senate has maintained an important bipartisan tradition of giving fair consideration to Supreme Court nominees. [[Page S980]] Article...



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    Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-24

    CARDIN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I join the Nation...



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    Senator Edward J. Markey

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-24

    MARKEY. Mr. President, former Chief Justice Warren Burger once explained the historical significance of the U.S. Constitution as follows. He wrote that ``in the last quarter of the 18th century, no nation...



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    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-24

    BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Lee). Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President,...



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    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-24

    WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to speak for up to 20 minutes. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, we are here on this conflict...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-24

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Perdue). Without objection, it is so ordered. ...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-23

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, the signs of the season are all around us. Volunteers are knocking on doors, [[Page S926]] caucusers are caucusing, voters are voting, and countless ballots have been cast...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-02-23

    REID. Mr. President, I know the Republican leader is doing his best to try to make a good picture here as to why he has made the decision that the Senate is not going to confirm any Supreme Court nominee...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-02-22

    GRASSLEY. Madam President, we find ourselves in a very unusual situation. We are in a Presidential election year. The campaign for our next Commander in Chief is in full swing. Voting has begun. Some...