Nebraska’s United States Senators see no need to consider any nominee President Barack Obama might make to the Supreme Court.
As for the president, Obama on Tuesday said he would nominate someone with an “outstanding legal mind” to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
It might not matter.
Sen. Deb Fischer sees nothing wrong with the stance taken by Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has stated the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice and, therefore, the vacancy should not be filled until a new president is in place.
“This is just the two branches, I guess you would say, bumping up against each other,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We’ve seen it in the past. It will continue in the future. I think it’s the right of Congress to assert its authority as a separate, but equal branch.”
Fischer and fellow Republican, Sen. Ben Sasse, say who replaces Scalia is an extremely important decision.
“I think many people are jumping straight to a fight about timing and that really isn’t the core issue,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The core issue is: what is the job of the Supreme Court; what is the job of the Supreme Court justice? And that’s what we should be having this conversation about.”
Both senators agree the president has the authority to nominate a successor to Scalia. Both also agree the Senate has no obligation to take up the nomination.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]