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Did Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee refuse to applaud Scalise’s return to the House floor?

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Although Thursday was one of the most emotional days ever experienced on Capitol Hill, highlighted by the moment Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R.-La.) walked onto the House floor for the first time since his July shooting–it appears at least one Member of Congress did not join in the applause.

Watch here as Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D.-Texas) declines to applaud who is seen here looking confused and unable to participate with her peers in a joyous moment:

Big League Politics reached out to the congresswoman’s office and the congresswoman’s Communications Director Rucks Russell told BLP:  “I wasn’t watching the video. I don’t know happened.”
Russell told BLP he would decline the opportunity give a statement. “No comment.”
Monday, the congresswoman “took a knee” in solidarity with NFL players refusing to stand for the National Anthem to protest racial inequality.
Here is Scalise talking about his injuries:
 
Democrats and Republicans turned to social media to mark the joyous occasion including President Donald J. Trump, who tweeted: 

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FLASHBACK: Three Recent Supreme Court Justices Were Confirmed Within 45 Days

There’s ample precedent for a quick confirmation.

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There are 45 days until the November 3rd presidential election, and there’s ample precedent for an expedited confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice in such a timeframe following a vacancy.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday, setting up a possible contentious confirmation process to fill her seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging that a tentative Trump administration nominee for the position will receive a vote on the Senate floor, despite outrage and indignation on the part of progressives falsely maintaining that McConnell is breaking precedent he set by refusing to confirm Merrick Garland. President Obama tried to get Garland confirmed when the opposing party controlled the Senate, a divided government that does not exist in 2020.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg herself was formally nominated by President Clinton on June 22nd, 1993. Her confirmation process began on July 20th, and she was confirmed on August 3rd, with a total of 42 days elapsing between her nomination and confirmation.

John Paul Stevens’ nomination was advanced and confirmed in a speedy 19 days, and Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed in 1981 in a total of 33 days.

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In fact, every single Supreme Court nomination of the past 45 years was nominated and voted upon within a shorter duration of the time remaining in Donald Trump’s first presidential term.

There’s actually wide precedent for nominating and confirming a Supreme Court justice within the confines of President Trump’s first term, and Democrats are being untruthful or erroneous to suggest otherwise.

McConnell is beginning initial work to advance confirmation hearings, with potential liberal Republicans such as Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski presenting themselves as possible holdouts. It is possible to approve a judge with 50 votes in the Senate and a Vice Presidential tiebreaker.

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