GOP Senators: No hearing, no vote for Obama Court pick

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An American flag flies at half mast following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court, February 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was at a Texas Ranch Saturday morning when he died at the age of 79. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee say there will be no hearing for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday after a closed-door meeting with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that there would be “no hearing, no vote.”

The Judiciary Committee traditionally reviews any nominee and holds confirmation hearings before voting and sending the nomination to the full Senate.

McConnell earlier said his party won’t permit a vote on any nominee submitted by Obama and instead will “revisit the matter” after the presidential election in November.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said GOP members of the panel “believe the American people need to decide” who will make the selection rather than a lame-duck president.

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