Ted Cruz Blocks U.S. Senate Resolution Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blocked a ceremonial resolution honoring the life of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, objecting to language added by Democrats noting that her dying wish was for her seat to be filled after the next inauguration, The Texas Tribune reported.
"Unfortunately, the Democratic leader has put forth an amendment to turn that bipartisan resolution into a partisan resolution," Cruz said in his floor remarks, referring to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.
- The Texas Republican continued: "Specifically, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg's position should not be filled until a new president is installed, purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed.”
- Cruz added: "That, of course, is not the standard. Under the Constitution, members of the judiciary do not appoint their own successors."
- Schumer responded on the floor, saying he believed that "Justice Ginsburg would easily see through the legal sophistry" of Cruz's argument.
He said Cruz turned the late justice's "dying words" against her, which Schumer said is "so, so beneath the dignity of this body. I do not modify."
- Cruz objected to the resolution and it failed to pass.
The Texas Tribune noted that President Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replace Ginsburg next week, and Cruz is pushing for that nominee to be confirmed prior to the November election.