Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that the Senate will hold a vote on Ruth Ginsburg's replacement nominated by President Donald Trump.
"Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise", McConnell said.
Meanwhile, US Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said that Ginsburg's seat must remain vacant until the November presidential election.
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020
House Speaker Pelosi said that Ginsburg replacement should have "commitment to equality, opportunity and justice for all".
Ginsburg was appointed to the court in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton. Media reported that prior to her death, Ginsburg told her granddaughter that her "most fervent wish" was that she will not be replaced "until a new president is installed".
Following her death, President Donald Trump said, "She was an amazing woman".