McConnell, Grassley voted against Garland in 1997

Prominent Republican senators voted against judge Merrick Garland in a 1997 confirmation — a fact that casts further doubt over whether the GOP will allow President Obama's Supreme Court nominee a hearing.
 
 
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A White House official confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday morning that Obama will nominate Garland to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia.
 
Republicans argued Wednesday that it would be relatively easy to oppose Garland, because McConnell and Grassley were on record against him nearly 20 years ago.
 
A senior GOP aide argued that Obama’s decision to pick the oldest judge on his short list shows that he doesn’t have much hope of getting the pick confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate.
 
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