President Obama will decline to make a recess Supreme Court appointment this week, according to the White House.
"Given that the Senate is currently in recess, we don't expect the president to rush this through this week, but instead will do so in due time once the Senate returns from their recess," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told Reuters.
"At that point, we expect the Senate to consider that nominee, consistent with their responsibilities laid out in the United States Constitution," he said.
Some suggested the president might try to push through a recess appointment to replace deceased Justice Antonin Scalia while the Senate is out this week, in light of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's pledge not to allow any nominee through during Obama's term. It appears the president has taken a pass, at least this week.
The White House is insistent that Obama will make an appointment, despite McConnell's pledge to thwart it, whoever the nominee is.
Obama took about 30 days to appoint judges to replace David Souter and John Paul Stevens in 2009, and 2010, respectively when they retired.