GOP says no hearings, no votes for Supreme Court nominee
WASHINGTON - No hearing. No vote. Don't even bother knocking on our door.
That's the message Senate Republicans delivered to President Barack Obama and his sometime-soon nominee for the Supreme Court, an extraordinary election-year rebuff as the GOP insists that replacing Justice Antonin Scalia rests with voters in November's election and the next president.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that his 54-member GOP caucus was united against taking any step in the Senate's "advise and consent" process.
The Judiciary Committee will not hold confirmation hearings for the nominee. The panel and the full Senate will not vote. And a handful of Republicans, including McConnell, said they would not even meet with the nominee when the individual visits lawmakers on Capitol Hill.