Another GOP senator agrees to meet with Garland
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Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenGOP sees immigration as path to regain power The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax MORE (N.D.) will become the latest Republican to sit down one-on-one with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland on Thursday, a White House official said.

The meeting is a late addition to Garland’s schedule on Capitol Hill, which also includes sit-downs with Sens. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezDemocrats reintroduce legislation to ban 'ghost guns' Juan Williams: A breakthrough on immigration? Biden rebuffs Democrats, keeps refugee admissions at 15,000 MORE (D-N.J.) and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineHow leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders On The Money: Incomes, consumer spending soared in March | Harris, senators work behind scenes on jobs package | Biden cancels some border wall construction MORE (D-Va.).


Hoeven will be the eleventh Republican senator to meet with Garland, something the White House points to as a sign the GOP could eventually lift its blockade on his nomination.

Many Republican senators, though not Hoeven, initially said they would refuse to even meet with Garland. But several, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Grassley criticizes Biden's proposal to provide IRS with B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns MORE (Iowa), have changed their minds.

The meetings haven’t led Republicans to change their stance that the next president — not Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden expected to tap Rahm Emanuel for Japan ambassador Baltimore businessman enters Maryland governor race Press: Let us now praise Liz Cheney MORE — should choose a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

After talking with Garland on Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham warns about trying to 'drive' Trump from GOP: 'Half the people will leave' Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Lindsey Graham: 'In this fight it is clear — Israel is the good guy and Hamas is the bad' MORE (R-S.C.) praised him but stood by his position he should not receive a hearing or a vote.

Hoeven announced the same position back in March.

“The American people need to have an opportunity to voice their opinion at the ballot box as to what kind of judge they want to replace Justice Antonin Scalia,” he said in a statement then. “In fact, that is actually a bipartisan position expressed by numerous Democratic leaders in recent years.”

Hoeven is up for reelection in November, but is expected to coast to victory. Still, liberal groups have organized protests against the senator calling on him to consider Garland’s nomination.