|Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)|
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It's unknown at this point when a successor to Justice Scalia will be nominated, or if a new justice would be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before the next President takes office in January 2017. Article II, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that the President "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint….Judges of the supreme Court." In his address to the nation, President Obama expressed intent to nominate the next U.S. Supreme Court justice "in due time," and called upon the Senate to act swiftly on a nomination in order to ensure the continued operations of the Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee provides an overview of the process as well as recent nomination hearing transcripts; nomination hearing transcripts back to 1971 are available at the Government Publishing Office's FDsys site.
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