Does this apply to anything?

President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to fill the open Supreme Court position. Let’s see what Republicans have to say:

“The American people may well elect a President who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next president may also nominate someone very different,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday. “Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy.”

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said he fully supports that stand. “We should let the American people decide the direction of the court,” he said in a statement Wednesday.

“I continue to believe the Senate should not move forward with the confirmation process until the people have spoken by electing a new president,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said in a statement.

“After the election, I look forward to considering the nominee of our new president,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said in a statement. “Whether the American people elect a Republican or a Democrat, I will judge his or her nominee on the merits, as I always have.”

“The right thing to do is to give the American people a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice,” Coats said in a statement Wednesday. “The next president, with input from voters in the upcoming election, should fill the current Supreme Court vacancy.”

I have two questions here:

  1. How long can a President appoint a Supreme Court Justice for? If a Justice either resigns or dies in the first year of their presidency, is the President allowed to appoint their successor or does that have to wait until the next election also? Perhaps we should amend the Constitution so that there is a special election to vote on any nomination.
  2. Does this apply to any other areas? If the US is attacked, should a President wait until after the next election to respond?

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