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McConnell Says Senate Will Not Consider Garland For Supreme Court Justice

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks from the chamber after a cloture vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. (Molly Riley/AP)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks from the chamber after a cloture vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. (Molly Riley/AP)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the American people must have a voice in November on filling the Supreme Court vacancy.

In a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican made it clear that the GOP-led Senate will not consider President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, but will wait until after the next president is in place.

McConnell said the view of the GOP is "give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy."

Democrats and the White House are pressuring the GOP to act. Obama, in announcing his nominee, said Garland would be making the customary visit to Capitol Hill to meet with senators on Thursday. The Senate is planning a two-week break at the end of the week.


Watch McConnell speaking on the Senate floor after Obama announced his nomination:

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