WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President Barack Obama nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court (all times local):
Republicans are holding firm against letting President Barack Obama pick the next Supreme Court justice after learning that Obama is nominating federal appellate judge Merrick Garland.
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says even though he voted for Garland when he was first confirmed in 1997, he’s opposed now. He says it’s not about the nominee, but about the process.
Roberts says Garland “may very well be a very good nominee.” Still, he says the American people should decide and not Obama.
Senate Republicans have insisted for weeks that they won’t hold hearings or a confirmation vote on Obama’s pick. Some Republicans have even said they’d refuse to meet with Obama’s nominee.
The White House says President Barack Obama is nominating federal appellate judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court because nobody is better suited to serve immediately.
Obama plans to announce his nomination on Wednesday morning in the Rose Garden. Garland is the chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and would replace the late Antonin Scalia.
The White House says Garland has more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history, and that he’s known for building consensus.