President Barack Obama met Senate leaders today to discuss potential nominees for Justice John Paul Stevens' seat. Stevens is retiring this summer. The president met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KT), Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). The Senate votes to confirm the president's Supreme Court nominees.
After his meeting with Senate leaders, The Associated Press reports that President Obama said he would let the Senate know his nominee by the end of May, and that he was confident that the Senate would thoughtfully consider his nominee.
The upcoming Stevens vacancy marks the second time in less than a year that the president has been able to name someone to the Supreme Court. Federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor replaced Justice David Souter last summer.
UPDATE SINCE THIS STORY FIRST WAS POSTED: This story has been updated to reflect President Obama's comments after meeting with Senate leaders.