Following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Lisa Murkowski became the second Republican senator to say the upper chamber should wait to vote on filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election,” Murkowski said in a statement on Sunday. “Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.”
The Alaska Republican said she didn’t support taking up a nomination in 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and she holds the same stance now. Ginsburg died Friday evening at the age of 87 and Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden, are urging Republicans to wait until the dust has settled in the election contest to move towards confirming a new justice.
“We are now even closer to the 2020 election — less than two months out — and I believe the same standard must apply,” Murkowski said.
Murkowski, along with Susan Collins, are the two Republican senators who have spoken out on their opposition to voting on nominating a new justice to the high court before the election. (Read more from “No Surprise: Murkowski Opposes Replacing Ginsburg Before 2020 Election” HERE)