Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse speaks to Brown University students about RBG’s legacy

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spoke to Brown University students Wednesday night during a virtual forum honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The forum was apart of the university’s “RBG is gone. Now what?” discussion.

Sen. Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed a variety of topics including the legacy Ginsburg left behind.

The Rhode Island Senator answered questions ranging from “how will the Senate respond to the president’s nominee?” to “what role are special interests playing behind the scenes of the nomination process?”

While speaking on Justice Ginsburg’s legacy, Sen. Whitehouse speculated on what it would take to change the life-time appointment rule on the United States Supreme Court.

“As I understand it, we could change the rules for future supreme and judicial appointees,” Sen. Whitehouse said. “And there’s been talk of an 18 year term for instance, or staggering terms so that in each presidency a certain number rolled over so you didn’t have big political surges, and the court shaped based on what party controls the presidency.”

President Donald Trump has vowed to get Amy Coney Barrett, his Supreme Court nominee to replace Ginsburg, approved before the election in November.

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