The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment to the party platform that would have confirmed John Roberts to the Supreme Court.
The amendment was offered by Reps.
John Culberson, R-Texas, and Justin Amash, R, Michigan.
They argued that Roberts should not be nominated to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the high court, and that his nomination should instead be made by the Republican-controlled Senate.
However, the amendment was defeated by a vote of 234 to 187.
The amendment would have granted the Senate control of the court.
The Senate is controlled by Republicans.
Republican Sen. John Thune, who is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday the amendment would only put “political pressure on the Supreme court.”
The Republican-led Senate has rejected two other proposed Roberts nominees.
The Supreme Court has not heard a case since the death of Justice Clarence Thomas in 2017.
Thomas’ death was a blow to conservative Republicans, who have held the chamber for more than a century.
But the court’s conservative wing has held its ground in the face of mounting pressure from President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress to nominate someone to fill the seat vacated by Scalia.
Roberts was nominated to the highcourt by President George W. Bush in 2004, but he was not confirmed.
He was the only Republican on the court to retire after being appointed by Bush.