HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sent a wave of emotion across the country Friday evening. Now, much of the focus seems to be over who will fill her seat. But some members of Congress are against the rush to do so.
“It was a loss for humanity. It was a loss for so many people.”
That’s how Alabama Senator Doug Jones described Ginsburg’s death.
“Justice Ginsburg had become a much larger figure than she ever dreamed she would,” he added.
But now, there seems to be a rush to confirm a replacement for the justice who served on the supreme court for nearly three decades.
Jones said the way things are expected to happen is not ideal.
‘I am just really disturbed. I’m disappointed. I have said this before, The Supreme Court is supposed to be an independent body,” he explained. “The judiciary is supposed to be an independent body. But it has long since become just a rubber stamp.”
The senator further criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for insensitively pressing forward shortly after Ginsburg’s death.
“Mitch McConnell did not even let the announcements get settled in right quick about RBG’s death, when he announced,” said Jones. “Just like he did with Antonin Scalia.”
This isn’t the first time a situation like this has taken place.
In 2016, McConnell blocked President Barack Obama from filling a SCOTUS vacancy on the premise that the matter should be determined after the presidential election. Jones said those grounds should remain consistent.
“This should be an appointment by the next President of the United States regardless of who that might be.”
We also reached out to Senator Richard Shelby, he issued a statement that read in part:
“The circumstances that face the country and the current U.S. Senate are vastly different than those in 2016. The Senate has not filled a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year when there was a divided government in nearly 130 years. If Democrats had the same opportunity as we do today, they would move forward just like the current Senate majority plans to do in the days ahead.”Sen. Richard Shelby
U.S. Senate Candidate Tommy Tuberville called for the seat to be filled immediately in his statement
“The next Supreme Court justice could open the door to finally overturning Roe v. Wade, protecting our gun rights, and firmly securing the religious freedoms guaranteed to us by the First Amendment. They will determine if the court follows the Constitution as written or invents new law from the bench for generations to come. The Constitution requires President Trump to offer a nominee, and the Senate should hold a confirmation vote with all deliberate speed. President Donald Trump previously released a list of proven conservatives he would consider for the court, and I can guarantee that Doug Jones opposes every one of them, including the female candidates and the two Alabamians, Bill Pryor and Kevin Newsome. There is no doubt that Doug Jones will vote the way that Chuck Schumer and the liberal Democrats instruct him, just like he has always done. Since becoming interim senator, Doug Jones has opposed everything that most Alabamians support and supported everything that most Alabamians oppose. The differences between my conservative views and the liberal beliefs held by Doug Jones were already clear, but this Supreme Court nomination brings them even more fully into focus. The election for U.S. Senate may well be decided on this issue alone.Tommy Tuberville