AOC: I’m ‘inclined to say yes’ that Justice Stephen Breyer should retire at the end of the Supreme Court’s current term

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she agreed Justice Stephen Breyer should retire from the Supreme Court.
  • New York Rep. Mondaire Jones previously called on Breyer to retire from the court.
  • “I believe that we should protect our Supreme Court, and that that should absolutely be a consideration,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN.
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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday said she agreed Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer should retire at the end of the court’s current term.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez was asked whether she agreed with comments made earlier this year by her colleague, New York Rep. Mondaire Jones, who called on Breyer to retire.

“There’s no question that Justice Breyer, for whom I have great respect, should retire at the end of this term. My goodness, have we not learned our lesson?” Jones told Cheddar in April.

“I believe Representative Jones has a point,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday.

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September 2020 at the age of 87, had received calls to retire before former President Barrack Obama so he could’ve nominated a replacement in case a Republican won in 2016.

Ginsburg a year before her death spoke out against critics who criticized her for staying on the court.

“When that suggestion is made, I ask the question: Who do you think the president could nominate that could get through the Republican Senate? Who you would prefer on the court than me?” Ginsburg said at a September 2019 event, according to CNBC.

Ocasio-Cortez said she needed to give more thought to the issue but said she ultimately believed that Breyer should retire from the court.

“I would give more thought to it, but I’m inclined to say yes,” she said.

The court’s current term is over at the end of the month.

Breyer was appointed to the court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. At 82, Breyer is the oldest judge on the court.

During his one term in office, President Donald Trump appointed three justices to the court. All of his nominees were confirmed by the Senate. In 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court to fill the seat that opened when Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.

And in 2018, Trump nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired that year.

Then, when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September 2020 while she was still serving on the court, Trump quickly nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett to replace her. After a contentious confirmation hearing, Barrett too was confirmed to the court.

The court now has a 6-3 conservative majority, causing concerns among progressives as issues like abortion make their way before the court. As Insider previously reported, Senate Democrats have been largely silent on whether Breyer should retire under Biden’s current term.

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McConnell rejected Pelosi’s request for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda, book says

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The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Ginsburg died at the age of 87 on Sept. 18 and is the first women to lie in state at the Capitol.

  • McConnell rejected Pelosi’s idea for Justice Ginsburg to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
  • Ginsburg would have been the first woman in US history to receive the honor.
  • The forthcoming book “Madam Speaker” sheds more light on Pelosi’s disdain for McConnell.
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Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell shut down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s idea to have the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda last fall, according to an excerpt from a forthcoming book about Pelosi reported by Punchbowl News.

USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page interviewed Pelosi 10 times and conducted 150 additional interviews for her upcoming book, “Madam Speaker.”

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After Ginsburg’s death from cancer in September 2020, Pelosi suggested that the justice, a trailblazer for women’s rights under the law and women in the legal profession, should lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. She would have been the first woman in US history to receive the honor.

McConnell, however, rejected the idea, arguing there was no precedent for a Supreme Court justice to lie in state in the Rotunda. Those who have lain in state in the Rotunda have mainly been presidents, senators, representatives, military leaders, and unknown soldiers of US wars.

Former President William Howard Taft lay in the state in the Rotunda after serving as both chief justice of the Supreme Court and president.

Four Capitol Police officers who were killed in the line of duty (two in 1998 and two in 2021), the Reverend Billy Graham, and civil rights activist Rosa Parks have lain in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

As Punchbowl noted, Justice Ginsburg ended up lying in state in Statuary Hall on the House side of the Capitol, not under the Rotunda.

The book sheds further light on the frosty relationship between the two power players, who have forged reputations for keeping their respective caucuses firmly in line and being shrewd, tactical legislators during their decades in Congress.

“Mitch McConnell is not a force for good in our country,” Pelosi told Page. “He is an enabler of some of the worst stuff, and an instigator of some of it on his own.”

Page’s book also says that Pelosi calls McConnell “Moscow Mitch” because “she knows it gets under his skin,” Punchbowl reported.

McConnell, for his part, has eagerly embraced other nicknames political rivals have given him, including “Darth Vader” and “the Grim Reaper” of the Senate.

“Madam Speaker” will be released from Twelve Books on April 20.

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