Ted Cruz just laid the hammer down on Democrats, who are desperate to block Republicans from filling the vacant SCOTUS seat before the election.
Cruz blocked a resolution to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “dying wish” that her successor not be named until a new president takes office.
Democrats are naturally furious that they aren’t getting away with cheating the system.
Chuck Schumer tried to claim that Republicans’ kind words after Ginsburg’s death would be “totally empty” if they didn’t honor her wishes.
Cruz responded effectively: “Under the Constitution, members of the judiciary do not appoint their own successors.”
The Hill has the details on Cruz's actions:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blocked an amended resolution honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Tuesday, objecting to language about her reported dying wish that her successor not be chosen until a new president is installed.
"All the kind words and lamentations about Justice Ginsburg from the Republican majority will be totally empty if those Republicans ignore her dying wish and instead replace her with someone who will tear down everything she built," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said while addressing the resolution, which was introduced by Republicans in the upper chamber.
"That, of course, is not the standard," Cruz responded. "Under the Constitution, members of the judiciary do not appoint their own successors."
The Texas Republican also said in his floor remarks that Schumer "put forth an amendment to turn that bipartisan resolution into a partisan resolution."
"Specifically, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg's position should not be filled until a new president is installed, purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed," he said.
Democrats are fuming.
Politico has more on the Senate infighting:
The Senate devolved into partisan fighting on Tuesday, with both sides accusing the other of hypocrisy. Democrats are seething over Senate Republicans’ decision to move forward on President Donald Trump’s nominee, citing the move by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to block President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016 because it was an election year.
But McConnell and Senate Republicans argue that 2020 is different because the White House and the Senate are controlled by the same party. Senate Republicans appear to have the votes to consider Trump’s nominee before the election.
There is little Democrats can do to stop the nomination from moving forward. But that’s not preventing them from using procedural tactics to protest Republican efforts to fill the seat. Democrats on Tuesday invoked the so-called two-hour rule, which denies committees the ability to meet more than two hours after the Senate is in session.
“We invoked the two-hour rule because we can’t have business as usual when Republicans are destroying the institution as they have,” Schumer said on Tuesday at a news conference.
The Senate Intelligence Committee was supposed to host the nation’s top counterintelligence official, William Evanina, but Democrats’ procedural move caused the briefing to be canceled, according to Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
“The Senate Intelligence Committee was scheduled to have a briefing today with Director Evanina, who leads our nation’s election security efforts,” Rubio said. “However, Senator Schumer had a temper tantrum over the Supreme Court and used a procedural move to cancel the committee’s briefing.”
Democrats seem to either not know how the Constitution works, or not care.
I'm going to go with they don't care...