Supreme Gridlock? GOP Senators Vow to Block Clinton Nominees

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 04: Constitutional Accountability Center President Elizabeth Wydra speaks during a demonstration urging the U.S. Senate to hold a confirmation vote for Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland outside of The Supreme Court of the United States on October 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Today marks the 202nd day since President Barack Obama nominated Judge Garland to fill the vacancy left after former Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

A demonstration urging the Senate to hold a confirmation vote for Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland on October 4, 2016. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

It’s the most lasting imprint a president of the United States can leave: appointing justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. But a small but powerful group of Republican senators is threatening to put Hillary Clinton’s nominees on indefinite hold, should she become president. That sets up a scenario for deepening Capitol Hill gridlock, the likes of which the country hasn’t seen since before the Civil War. Bloomberg News Senate reporter Steven Dennis talked about it with Nathan Hager in the Bloomberg 99.1 Washington newsroom.

 

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