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Texas Senator Reacts To Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Obama chose federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland.

President Obama announced Wednesday morning his pick to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Republicans are responding to the president’s nomination by saying they simply won’t give Judge Merrick Garland a confirmation hearing.

Texas Senator John Cornyn echoed the Republican message, saying it’s not about the nominee, but about the constitutional process.

“The president exercised his unquestioned authority under the constitution to nominate somebody to this vacancy, but that same constitution reserves to the United States Senate, and the United States Senate alone, the right to grant or withhold consent to that nominee,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor.

Republican leaders say the next president should be the one to select a nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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