Senator Cotton: We Have A ‘Constitutional Duty’ To Fill SCOTUS Seat

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In an interview on Fox News, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) argued that the American people electing a Republican majority in the Senate, and expanding it after the appointment of Justice Kavanaugh, was evidence that the Senate should continue with replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election.

“In 2014, the American people elected a Republican majority to the Senate to put the brakes on President Obama’s judicial nominations,” Cotton said. “In 2018, we had a referendum on this question, just a month before the 2018 midterms. We had the vote on Justice Kavanaugh. There could not have been a clearer mandate because the American people didn’t just re-elect Republicans, they expanded our majority. They defeated four Democratic senators who voted against Justice Kavanaugh. They re-elected the one Democratic senator who did vote for Justice Kavanaugh.”

“So, we have a clear mandate to perform our constitutional duty. That’s what the Senate majority will do now. That’s what we did back in 2016 as well,” Cotton continued. “The Senate majority is performing our constitutional duty and fulfilling the mandate that the voters gave us in 2016 and especially in 2018.”