Obama, Senators to Talk Over Supreme Court Vacancy

By: Jesse J. Holland AP Email
By: Jesse J. Holland AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has invited Senate leaders of both parties to the White House next week to discuss the upcoming opening on the Supreme Court.

The meeting will be on the morning of April 21.

Obama has invited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on Judiciary.

Such a discussion is a normal part of the protocol as a president prepares to fill a vacancy on the court.

Justice John Paul Stevens announced last week that he is retiring this summer.

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