I am proud that President Trump chose Neil Gorsuch for the Court past year.
Kennedy's departure sets the stage for a brutal battle over his succession, a blueprint for which was established by Republican lawmakers in 2016 when they denied then-president Barack Obama the opportunity to fill the seat left vacant following the death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia.
"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not".
The announcement will pave way for US President Donald Trump to choose a "more reliable conservative justice", thereby cementing further control of the top court, USAToday reported. But Republicans were twice as likely to say it's the right amount of partisan - 22% to Democrats' 11% and independents' 10%.
The president says Kennedy was at the White House for about 30 minutes.
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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill will be closely watched as the Senate weighs a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
He is a Georgetown University Law Center alumnus and is also reportedly the favorite of Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, with whom he serves on the US Court of Appeals.
Jerry Johnson, president of National Religious Broadcasters, joined many in noting the importance of Kennedy's replacement.
US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was first nominated to the high court by President Reagan and confirmed in 1988.
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"Democrats and Republicans should reject any nominee who won't uphold our constitution and our basic human rights, and who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade", Perez said. It was not a momentous term for the court with the major highlight being the high court's decision to maintain a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on reducing California's inmate population, he said.
It worked. In conversation after conversation with Republican elected officials and strategists between May and November 2016, the justification always cited for backing Trump - albeit, in many cases, reluctantly - was that he would put conservative justices on the bench while Clinton would not.
In addition to Gorsuch, the court has three members - Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas - who have consistently voted to uphold abortion restrictions.
"Referring to his statement of calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, she said that "...this new window dressing can not hide an unassailable fact: "the words of the President and his advisers create the strong perception that the Proclamation is contaminated by impermissible discriminatory animus against Islam and its followers".
Otherwise, after Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations previous year by invoking the so-called "nuclear option" to confirm Gorsuch, Democrats would need to convince at least two Republicans to deny Trump his nomination. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Cruz endorsed Trump just after the GOP presidential nominee added Lee to his list of potential court nominees.
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"The Senate stands ready to fulfill its Constitutional role by offering advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy", McConnell said.