Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) blocked a ceremonial resolution that would have honored the life of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because he objected to the language Democrats added to the measure, noting that Ginsburg’s dying wish was that a successor not be selected until after the the 2020 election, The Texas Tribune reports.
If Ginsburg’s seat is filled by a conservative justice, this could likely result in drastic changes to American policy and civil liberties.
“Unfortunately, the Democratic leader has put forth an amendment to turn that bipartisan resolution into a partisan resolution,” Cruz said in reference to Democratic Minority Leader Charles Schumer.
“Specifically, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg’s position should not be filled until a new president is installed, purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed. That, of course, is not the standard,” Cruz continued. “Under the Constitution, members of the judiciary do not appoint their own successors.”
Schumer replied that Cruz was turning Ginsburg’s dying wish against her, adding that the Texas Senator’s words were “so, so beneath the dignity of this body.”
The resolution didn’t pass after Cruz’s objection.
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