Obama Calling Judiciary Senators to Discuss Supreme Court Vacancy

Posted April 21, 2010 at 2:16pm

President Barack Obama on Wednesday called nine Judiciary Committee members — including three Republicans — to discuss the looming vacancy on the Supreme Court.

The president put calls out to Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Arlen Specter (Pa.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.).

Republicans who talked to Obama included Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah), Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.). The Judiciary panel will vet Obama’s nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced plans to vacate the court later this year.

The outreach came shortly after Obama met with bipartisan leaders of the Senate and the Judiciary Committee about his nominee to the Supreme Court. Obama, who will likely nominate his candidate for the high court next month, is expected to call more Senators in the days ahead.