McConnell Says Senate Will Vote From Trump’s SCOTUS Pick During Lame Duck
Asked if it would be acceptable for a lame-duck Senate to vote on a Supreme Court nominee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) noted that the Republican Senate was elected to a term that doesn’t end until next year.
“This Republican Senate was elected for a term that ends in January of next year,” McConnell said. “The president was elected for a four-year term that ends January 20 of next year.”
“There are no reduced constitutional prerogatives during either of our tenures,” he continued, adding that the biggest issue in 2018, when Republicans picked up two seats in the Senate, was a Supreme Court nominee.