SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Joining fellow Republicans, South Dakota's two U.S. senators say they oppose the Senate taking up consideration of President Barack Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds on Wednesday said they believe the next president should choose the replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Obama on Wednesday nominated appeals court judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy.

The GOP-led Senate must confirm Garland's nomination for him to serve on the nation's highest court, but Republicans have pledged to leave the seat empty until after the presidential election.

Thune says the next president should appoint Scalia's replacement since the presidential election is already under way.

Rounds says the Senate must ensure that the American people's "voice is heard in the upcoming elections."

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