The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg less than two months from the presidential election has forced a reexamination of Republicans' 11-month blockade in 2016 of then-President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a Friday night statement that President Trump's nominee to replace Ginsburg will get a vote in the Senate. Doing so would be a complete reversal of his position in 2016, when the GOP-led Senate refused to hold a hearing or vote on Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, saying it was too close to the election. Following Scalia’s death on February 13, 2016, McConnell stated: "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President."
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