Missouri Senators react to President Obama's Supreme Court nomination
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The two Senators from Missouri are reacting to President Obama's nomination of judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.
Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says he will not vote for President Barack Obama's nominee.
Garland would take over the vacancy created by the death last month of Antonin Scalia. Scalia was a leading conservative and many Republicans have said the president elected in November, not Obama, should pick the nominee.
Blunt is among those who have said they would not support an Obama nominee. He said in a statement that while the president has the right to nominate someone, the Senate has the "Constitutional responsibility" to decide if that is the right person.
Sen. Claire McCaskill also reacted to the nomination.
"Since Supreme Court nominee hearings began in 1916, every nominee's received a hearing, or been confirmed within days. I'm appalled that Senate Republicans are ignoring the Constitution and refusing to do their job. Hold a hearing, for gosh sakes, and then vote," McCaskill said.
[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to add Sen. Claire McCaskill's reaction.]