Led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, most Republicans say the late Justice Antonin Scalia won't be replaced until the next president picks a nominee.
Conservatives in Congress and on the campaign trail have pounced on remarks Biden made on the Senate floor in 1992 after George H.W. Bush named current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to serve on the High Court.
Noting that Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were confirmed by virtually unanimous votes in 1986 and 1993, respectively, Roberts said that in recent years the process had become much more partisan, with Democratic senators opposing Republican nominees and vice versa.
The vice president ripped the so-called "Biden Rule" that Republicans have evoked consistently since Scalia's death: Comments that Biden made as a senator in June of 1992 calling for the Senate to "seriously consider" not holding confirmation hearings for any Supreme Court nominee until after that year's presidential election.
"In the case of Obama's nomination of Garland, Democrats have argued that the Supreme Court seat should be filled immediately because the court needs a deciding vote".
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Georgetown Law School in Washington, Thursday, March 24, 2016. I don't believe the Constitution supports that decision.
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Both men have also now been linked to a plan to target a nuclear power plant in Belgium, CBS News' Kenneth Craig reported . The man in the middle, identified earlier Wednesday as 29-year-old Ibrahim El-Bakraoui, was also a suicide bomber.
"President Obama's team has asked if I would meet with Judge Merrick Garland, and I have agreed to do so out of courtesy and respect for both the president and the judge", Toomey said in a statement. No confirmation hearings and no votes this year, says the GOP in its blanket argument that the American people must have a say in November elections before a judge is chosen.
Exasperated by a long-running fight over judicial nominees, a Republican senator pleaded with his colleagues to confirm Merrick Garland to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, often considered the second most important court in the nation.
Whether it makes a difference in Toomey or other Republicans' re-election bids, Casey said he isn't sure.
His name? John Marshall, the greatest judge of all, whose life-size statue is the first thing you see when you enter the U.S. Supreme Court Building. "I plan on making that clear to Judge Garland when I meet with him". The 63-year-old nominee does not appear to present an ideological challenge to the Senate majority, so there appears to be little for them to fear. They completely ignore the fact that at the time I was speaking of the dangers of nominating an extreme candidate without proper Senate consultation.
In contrast, Biden said, today's Republicans would leave the court in limbo "for potentially and likely the next 400 days".