WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg says she thinks "cooler heads will prevail" in the Senate where Republican leaders are refusing to consider President Barack Obama's high court nominee.
Ginsburg tells a group of students at Georgetown University Law Center that lawmakers should appreciate that a president can appoint justices during all four years of his term.
The 83-year-old justice was responding to a student's question about the stalled nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Obama's nomination of the federal appeals court judge has been pending 175 days, longer than any Supreme Court nominee in history.
Republicans have insisted that the next president should choose a justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia. They fear Obama's pick could shift the balance of a court that has leaned conservative for decades.