It was nearly impossible on Saturday to separate the tributes to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from the immediate political jockeying over whether Republicans will force through a nomination with just 45 days until the election, after refusing to do so for months after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
With Republicans maintaining a 53-to-47 majority in the U.S. Senate, and using Vice President Mike Pence as a tiebreaker, President Trump has room to lose a few Republicans and still confirm a potential nominee.
Here’s how the key players in the Senate have indicated they would move on the vacancy on the Supreme Court:
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, on Friday before news of Justice Ginsburg’s death:
I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. We are 50 some days away from an election.
Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader
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.
Derrick Bryson Taylor contributed reporting.