Venable partner and former U.S. Senator Mark Pryor was quoted in a February 18, 2016 Bloomberg BNA article on the potential impact a Supreme Court nomination could have on normal Senate business. Following the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the next president should nominate his successor while President Obama intends to submit his own nominee. If Senate leadership refused to consider the president’s, it is believed that Senate business could grind to a halt even on bills with broad bipartisan support.
"Whether Senate business continues through the year depends on a host of factors, including whether Republican senators continue to back McConnell's call not to consider an Obama Supreme Court nominee and who the president selects for consideration," said Pryor. "There will be lots of wrangling before we know how it works out."