(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued the following statement Friday.
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(CNN) – Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, issued the following statement Friday.
(CNN) - A senior administration official tells CNN President Obama is expected to address the Justice Stevens retirement announcement when he arrives back at the White House.
The President is expected to arrive about 1:20 p.m. ET.
(CNN) - Sen. Dick Durbin, the number two Senate Democrat and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement Friday.
(CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch, the former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement Friday.
(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, issued the following statement Friday.
(CNN) - Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following statement Friday.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama received his second opportunity Friday to shape the U.S. Supreme Court when Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement.
The president named Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the court last year.
To replace Stevens, Obama is likely to nominate another Democrat, thus maintaining the court's ideological balance of five conservative to four liberal-leaning judges.
Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania - a longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which considers Supreme Court nominees - said recently that he would lobby Obama to choose a successor for Stevens who supports limiting executive power built up during George W. Bush's presidency.
"I think we need someone who will step into Justice Stevens' shoes, who will be very tough on the issues of executive power," Specter said on "Fox News Sunday."
Washington (CNN) - Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will retire, the court's press office said Friday.
His departure after nearly 35 years on the bench will give President Barack Obama another opportunity to shape the nation's highest court.
Stevens, who turns 90 on April 20, was not on the bench for a brief public session Monday; the court will hold its next public session in two weeks.