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 GarlandDOJ sues Texas over Abbott order restricting transportation of migrants Graham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Garland floats legal action over Abbott immigration order MORE's nomination to lead the Justice Department.

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session Senate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done MORE (D-N.Y.) laid the groundwork for the next tranche of President BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session 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.

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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 CottonChuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism Ex-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis 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.