Senate to vote next week on Garland's AG nomination

Senate to vote next week on Garland's AG nomination
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The Senate is teeing up a vote for next week on Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandBiden says Chauvin verdict is step forward in fight against racial injustice Senate confirms Biden's nominee for No. 2 official at DOJ Why Biden's gun policy doesn't go far enough MORE's nomination to lead the Justice Department.

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Overnight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson pause seen as 'responsible' in poll | Women turning out more than men for COVID-19 vaccines 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party MORE (D-N.Y.) laid the groundwork for the next tranche of President BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE's Cabinet picks, including Garland's nomination to be attorney general.

Under the schedule laid out by Schumer, the Senate could take an initial vote on Garland's nomination as soon as Tuesday.


The votes come after Garland's nomination was delayed amid roadblocks from Republicans. Democrats had hoped to confirm Garland this week after voting him 15-7 out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines Parade of 2024 GOP hopefuls court House conservatives Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference MORE (R-Ark.), a member of the committee who is viewed as a potential 2024 contender, disclosed in a string of tweets that he was objecting to speeding up Garland's nomination. 

"Democrats are trying to expedite Judge Garland’s confirmation vote. I’m blocking them because Judge Garland has refused to answer basic questions, including whether illegally entering the country should remain a crime," Cotton said.

Under the Senate's rules, any one member can slow down a nomination and force Senate leadership to eat up days of time before a final vote.

Cotton pointed to a laundry list of issues where he said Garland's answers during his confirmation hearing last month had been inadequate, including the death penalty, immigration and gun sales.