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McConnell, Grassley voted against Garland in 1997

Greg Nash
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.
 
The Senate confirmed Garland to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1997 by a vote of 76-23. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and current Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) both voted against him.
 
{mosads}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.
 
Seven Republicans who voted to confirm Garland to the circuit court are still in the Senate: Dan Coats (Ind.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Pat Roberts (Kan.).
 
Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) father, former Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), also voted for Garland. 
Tags Chuck Grassley Dan Coats John McCain Lisa Murkowski Mitch McConnell Orrin Hatch Pat Roberts Supreme Court Susan Collins Thad Cochran

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