In Context: The ‘Biden Rule’ on Supreme Court nominations in an election year

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the so-called "Biden Rule" to justify why the Senate should not consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court in an election year. Yes, as in Vice President Joe Biden. McConnell is using Biden’s own words from 1992, when George H.W. Bush was president and Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to explain why he intends to block President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick in an election year. "The Senate will continue to observe the Biden Rule so that the American people have a voice in this momentous decision" … >>More stories from National


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