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Gorsuch nomination hearings start on March 20

Gorsuch nomination hearings start on March 20”

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., may have shared a few laughs on Thursday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but he walked away with concerns about the judge's candidacy for the high court.

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, who will oversee the proceedings as head of the Judiciary Committee, said the hearing is likely to last three to four days. The Roberts Court has ruled overwhelmingly in favor of big corporationsand Judge Gorsuch's judicial record suggests he may continue that trend.

Questioning of Gorsuch will begin March 21.

The hearing is the first step in the confirmation process, which Republicans hope to complete by April.

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He added that Gorsuch "has met every demand placed on him by the minority". The committee will then vote on the nomination, and it will move to the Senate floor.

It remains unclear, however, whether Republicans will be able to get enough Democratic votes to move forward on the nomination. "He's displayed independence", Grassley said in a statement. He is well-qualified and respected.

With his confirmation hearing scheduled for March 20, Gorsuch on Thursday continued to make the rounds on Capitol Hill meeting with Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

If confirmed, Judge Gorsuch, who sits on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, would succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died a year ago. Republicans refused to consider former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, insisting the voters should have a say.

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