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Election-Year Supreme Court Nominations

In 1992, Judiciary Committee chairman Joe Biden (D., Del.) spoke on the Senate floor explaining why the upper chamber should not consider a Supreme Court nominee in that presidential election year. You can watch his remarks on this topic here.

Two years later, in a non-presidential election year, Biden chaired the hearing for Supreme Court nominee Stephen Breyer.

In 2016, Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) spoke on the Senate floor explaining why the body would not consider a Supreme Court nominee in that presidential election year. You can read his speech here.

Two years later, in a non-presidential election year, Grassley will chair the hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Thomas Jipping is the deputy director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

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