By: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

The next Supreme Court justice could drastically alter the direction of the court and of our country. It’s an important decision to make, and I want you to have a voice. That’s why the vacancy on the court should not be filled until the election season is over, and we have a new president.

My position isn’t about any one person. It’s about a principle: that We the People should have a say. And there’s nothing new about what I propose.

History provides a clear precedent for the Senate not to fill a Supreme Court vacancy that arises during a presidential election year. In fact, it hasn’t done so in over 80 years.

Both political parties know this. When Vice President Biden was a senator, he said that the Senate should refrain from acting on a Supreme Court nomination until the election contest was over. And other Democrat leaders have made similar arguments in the past.

So let’s allow the people to have a voice, instead of a lame duck president on his way out the door. That’s what’s fair for the court and for our country.

I’m Senator Mitch McConnell, and that’s my Point of View.

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