President soon to announce SCOTUS pick, local lawmakers weigh in

U.S. Supreme Court building. (WALA)

President Trump is just hours away from making a landmark announcement: who he chooses as the next U.S. Supreme Court judge.

The president's nominee, if confirmed by the Senate, is expected to fill the empty seat left by retiring Judge Anthony Kennedy.

The president's decision could have big implications for decades to come, as it will lock in a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. "This is a very big deal, this is probably the biggest appointment since I got out of law school in 1980," said Rep. Bradley Byrne, (R) Alabama.

Byrne said he's excited about the president's upcoming announcement, saying no matter who the president chooses, it will have big implications to benefit the Republican agenda for decades.

President Trump has reportedly narrowed down his pick to this short list of judges: Amy Coney Barret, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, and Thomas Hardiman.

"This Person will do a great job, I'm very close to making a decision, have not made it yet obviously," Trump said Monday morning.

While Rep. Byrne was int he Port City on Monday, he shied away from singling out who his favorite pick would be.

"I like them all, each one of them has their own strengths," said Byrne. "The president and his staff know far more about which one has a better chance of getting through the Senate, and that's what we need to be thinking about. I'll take anyone of them."

Once the president names his choice, the Senate will have to confirm the nominee. That's a process that is expected to become heated, as some politicians aren't ready to back the nominees just yet.

Sen. Doug Jones, (D) Alabama, for example, said he's still on the fence about whether or not he will vote in support of the president's pick.

"I'm going to make an independent look at this, because I think, you know, even the people of Alabama like to make sure that they have judges that adhere to the rule of law," Jones told CNN.

"I hope that Senator Jones will do the right thing and support President Trump's pick, because I believe President Trump's pick is going to be the pick of the vast majority of the people in Alabama," said Byrne.

Trump is expected to make his announcement at 8 p.m. Central. You can tune in to FOX10 News to watch it.

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