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Ayotte, Hassan weigh in on nominating replacement for Scalia

Staff Report
February 14. 2016 9:06PM
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, left, and Gov. Maggie Hassan. 

Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan came down on opposite sides of the debate Sunday on whether the U.S. Senate should take up the nomination of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hassan, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, rejected a statement issued Saturday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the vacancy should not be filled until a new President is elected.

“The Senate needs to put politics aside and fulfill its constitutional duty by taking up a Supreme Court nomination in a timely fashion,” Hassan said in a Facebook post. “It would be completely unacceptable, and a clear sign of Washington’s dysfunction, for the Supreme Court to be without a justice for a full year because of partisan politics.”

Ayotte also issued a statement on her Senate website. “We’re in the midst of a consequential presidential election year, and Americans deserve an opportunity to weigh in given the significant implications this nomination could have for the Supreme Court and our country for decades to come,” the Republican said. “I believe the Senate should not move forward with the confirmation process until the American people have spoken by electing a new President.”


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