Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to pass a resolution unanimously on Tuesday to honor the memory of the life and legacy of the liberal icon, but in a language that Ginsburg’s seat will not be filled until the next president is sworn in.
“The Republicans came to us with this resolution, but they ignored the dead desire of the Ginsburg Justice, which it called its most ‘ardent desire,’ not to be replaced until a new president is installed,” Sumer told the Senate. “So we just added it to the exact same text of the resolution that the Republicans gave us.”
“All the polite words and lamentations for Ginsburg justice from the majority of Republicans will be completely empty if these Republicans ignore her desire to die and instead replace her with someone who will destroy what she has built,” he added. .
He sought unanimous approval for the passage of his resolution, which was opposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas. Only one senator is required to reject the request.
In remarks explaining his decision, Cruz accused Sumer of turning the bilateral resolution into a “partisan resolution.”
“In particular, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that the position of the Ginsburg Court should not be filled until a new president is installed, it is supposed to be based on a comment made by Judge Ginsburg to family members shortly before he died,” Cruise in the Senate Hall.
“That, of course, is not the standard,” Cruz said. “According to the Constitution, the members of the judiciary do not nominate their successors.”
“He lived an extraordinary life. He was one of the best Supreme Court justices he has ever held,” said the Texas Republican, adding, “Judge Ginsburg is well aware that the position expressed by the Democratic leader is not law and is not the Constitution. “
Cruz asked Sumer to amend his request and remove the language, and instead adopt Cruz’s resolution, which he said was amended to include quotes from Ginsburg, saying he opposed opposing an increase in the number of judges. in court beyond the current nine.
Schumer objected, adding: “I think Ginsburg’s justice could easily be seen through the legal wisdom of the Texas junior senator’s argument. of the body.”
On the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struck Sumer’s “trick” and said he hoped the chamber would pass a resolution in Ginsburg’s honor “soon.”
Schumer “decided to reduce a formal and unifying moment and turn a draft unanimous resolution in honor of Justice Ginsburg into another depressing trick for television cameras,” the Republican leader said.
Democrats say the next president will have to choose Ginsburg’s replacement and point to Republicans in 2016 blocking the appointment of Merrick Garland. Republicans, meanwhile, say it is Trump’s constitutional duty to nominate someone and that, unlike in 2016, they have control of both the White House and the Senate.
Cruz told Fox News just hours after the news of Ginsburg’s death on Friday, “I think the president should appoint a successor to the court next week and I think it is crucial that the Senate takes over and confirms him. the successor before Election Day “
CNN’s Ted Barrett contributed to this report.