WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate will withhold its consent for any Supreme Court nominee from President Barack Obama until after the November election, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.

"Presidents have a right to nominate, just as the Senate has its congressional right to provide or withhold consent. In this case, the Senate will withhold it," McConnell said in remarks delivered on the Senate floor.

"The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter after the American people finish making in November the decision they've already started making today," he added.

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