Democrats push McConnell, GOP on Supreme Court nomination

"I have no criticism of anyone who wishes to vote against judge Garland because he is Barack Obama's nominee".

Asked whether she'd retaliate against Republicans by refusing to consider a court nominee if a Republican president picks one in the future, Murray said, "No, I would not". He was nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the seat left by Antonin Scalia after his death in February.

If any of these senators had an ounce of decency or felt an iota of responsibility to their constituents, they'd quit this farce and demand hearings.

It wasn't the first time Sanders voiced his disinterest in the president's nominee, though he has said he would vote to confirm him.

Ayotte said she carved out time to sit down with Garland out of respect.

The White House took a swing at Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo are opposed to Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, and the two were quoted in an article this week contrasting their stance with that of the two Democratic senators in neighboring Washington state.

Senate Democrats are keeping the letter open for signatures and encouraging Republican senators to sign it and allow the process to move forward on the nomination of Merrick Garland. "I thanked him for his service". After the meeting he said he was even more convinced to wait because he had concerns including that Judge Garland would not "adequately discharge the role of being a check on the executive branch".

Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado - who doesn't sit on Judiciary, and isn't up for re-election - has followed the lead of most Republican leaders. "As I have said previously, however, I believe the American people should have a voice in this debate".

"The goal of any meeting at this point for me would simply be to let Judge Garland know why I wouldn't vote for him", Crapo said.

The longest vacancy in the past 30 years, however, is just 267 days. We have 11 or 12 nominees who never got out of the judiciary committee. He's refused to meet with Garland and does not want the Senate to hold confirmation hearings.

Some Republican activist groups have tried to portray Garland as a potential liberal, anti-business activist if he were approved to the high court. A recent poll shows that almost 70 percent of Americans - including a majority of Republicans - say that Senators should do their jobs and proceed with a hearing for Chief Judge Garland.

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