Merrick Garland

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Tense Senate Confirms Gorsuch to Supreme Court
Colorado jurist will restore conservative tilt as Scalia replacement

Neil Gorsuch is the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 1:41 p.m. | The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice on Friday on a mostly party-line vote, 54-45. Democrats Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana joined all Republicans present in voting to confirm. Republican Johnny Isakson of Georgia did not vote.

Gorsuch was supported by the fewest number of senators since Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed in 1991 on a 52-48 vote. 

Merkley Says GOP ‘Stole‘ Supreme Court Seat
By refusing to grant Judge Merrick Garland a hearing

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, left, said President-elect Donald Trump should appoint Judge Merrick Garland, right, to the Supreme Court. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Jeff Merkley on Thursday accused Republicans of “theft” of the Supreme Court for blocking President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland.

Speaking on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” the Oregon Democrat said the Supreme Court seat formerly occupied by the late Antonin Scalia “is being stolen.”

Republicans Split on Supreme Court Strategy in Lame Duck
Sen. Flake vows hearings, vote for Merrick Garland if Hillary Clinton wins

Republicans have been blocking Merrick Garland’s nomination for 225 days. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said Thursday that he would work to advance the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland this year if Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

Flake’s comments come less than two weeks ahead of an election that is expected to shape the ideological balance of the Supreme Court, possibly for decades. And they foreshadow a growing divide among Senate Republicans about what to do with Garland’s long-languishing nomination when Congress returns Nov. 14 for the lame-duck session.

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Merrick Garland Trudges On, Awaiting Supreme Court Action
Judge tends to his day job while quietly preparing for a hearing

Judge Merrick Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in March, but has not received a Senate hearing or confirmation vote since. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For now, Judge Merrick Garland is in limbo. That is, if heaven is serving on the Supreme Court and waiting in limbo involves a bunch of paperwork.

Each morning, Garland does what he’s always done: he goes to work. That’s not so unusual. But these days, when he leaves his quiet Bethesda, Maryland, neighborhood, he’s riding in an SUV with federal agents.

Clinton, Trump Talk Around Senate in Supreme Court Debate
Candidates fail to elaborate on their approach to appointing justices

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton makes a point during the final presidential debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Once again, Judge Merrick Garland’s stalled Senate confirmation plight didn’t hold the spotlight of a presidential debate.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sparred about the Supreme Court for about 15 minutes during Wednesday’s final presidential debate. But the discussion in Las Vegas became more of a proxy for their positions on gun rights and abortion and less about the court or looming Supreme Court confirmation fights in the Senate.

Supreme Court Won't Rehear Immigration Case
New term begins with eight justices trying to avoid tie votes

The Supreme Court starts its 2016-17 term with only eight justices. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 1:40 p.m. | The Supreme Court announced Monday that it won’t rehear a case that has stopped the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration and affected millions of people who are living in the country illegally.

The justices deadlocked 4-4 last term, leaving in place a lower court order that halted implementation of the actions. The lower court had sided with Texas and 25 states, led mostly by Republican governors, that argued the administration had overstepped its authority with the immigration actions.