Senate Judiciary Committee Should Be Starting Judge Garland’s Hearing Today

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.It’s been 42 days since Judge Merrick Garland was nominated to be an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Today marks the day when, if the average amount of time had elapsed, confirmation hearings for Judge Garland would have begun before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Needless to say, they have not.
Since Judge Garland’s nomination, public support for the Senate holding hearings (and a confirmation vote) has only increased. Seventeen Republican senators have had the opportunity to meet with Judge Garland and ask him substantive questions – and the public likewise should have the opportunity to hear about Judge Garland’s views through his testimony at a confirmation hearing. Public opinion, Senate tradition, and the Constitution all support the same conclusion: Senate Republicans, you need to #DoYourJob.