Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications from her bout with metastatic pancreatic cancer.
In a statement, Chief Justice John Roberts said: "Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. Once again, we will keep our promise", McConnell said.
It would require 51 votes to confirm a nominee.
In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia's death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president's second term. "When we asked her several years ago how she wanted she wanted to be remembered, she said with characteristic modesty, 'Just as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to be for my children and grandchildren'".
Republicans now control 53 seats in the United States Senate, so they theoretically could force a nominee through before the election.
In May 2019, McConnell, R-Ky., made clear that should a vacancy materialize in the midst of the 2020 election cycle, the GOP-majority Senate would likely "fill it".
This time, he argued, "Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary".
Ginsburg's death kicked off a monumental battle in Congress as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invited President Donald Trump to promptly nominate a replacement, ignoring pleas by Democrats to await the results of the November 3 presidential election.
But Mr. McConnell says that was different.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that American's should have their vote in the United States election before the vacancy is filled.
"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice", McConnell said in a statement released on February 13.
Even before McConnell officially announced his intentions, Democrats were already beginning to cry foul given McConnell's position in the 2016 election, in which he claimed that vacancies that occurred once a presidential campaign was underway should be filled by the President who won that election.
The death of the critical liberal justice on the court leaves three liberal-leaning justices among the eight remaining justices. The closely divided court now had five justices with conservative bents and four liberals.