Three more Republican senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee
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Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will sit down with three more Republican senators this week, as Democrats continue to press his nomination. 

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that Garland will meet with GOP Sens. James Lankford (Okla.), James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate nixes Trump rule limiting methane regulation | Senate confirms EPA chief: Biden's climate goals are 'an opportunity to lead' | Fine-particle pollution disproportionately hurts people of color: research EPA chief: Biden's climate goals are 'an opportunity to lead' Senate confirms Pentagon policy chief criticized by Republicans for tweets MORE (Okla.), and Mike Rounds (S.D.), as well as Democratic Sens. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonCrist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump, Cheney trade jabs The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana MORE (Fla.), Gary Peters (Mich.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to states Pallone commits to using 'whatever vehicle I can' to pass Democrats' drug pricing bill Access to mental health services dwindled as pandemic need strained providers: GAO report MORE (Ore.). 
 
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"He's going to continue to have meetings with individual senators," he added. "This is consistent with the way the process usually works." 
  
Democrats and outside groups remain adamant that momentum is on their side in the entrenched court fight. They point to a spate of polling that shows most Americans back moving forward with Garland's nomination. 
 
Referencing positive comments about Garland from GOP senators, Earnest said Republicans should be asked "why are they denying the American public the opportunity to hear directly from Chief Judge Garland?" 
 
While Garland will have met with 14 Republican senators by the end of the week, most remain unswayed about moving forward with his nomination. 
 
 
Lankford said last week that he would thank Garland for his past work in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, but was sticking with his party's strategy.