In 2016, the vacancy was for Justice Antonin Scalia's seat, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., used his caucus' numbers to hold the seat open until after the presidential election, saying Americans should have a say in who chooses Scalia's successor.
Feinstein said that "under no circumstances" should the vacancy opened by Ginsburg's death be filled before the January inauguration.
"Merrick Garland was nominated to fill Scalia’s seat on March 16, 2016 – 237 days before the presidential election.
"In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term," the majority leader said.
The American people deserve to have their voices heard on the nomination of the next Supreme Court justice, who could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court for a generation.