Gorsuch confirmation hearing begins

Source: MGN

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley says his panel likely will cast a vote on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's nomination in two weeks, on Apr. 3.

Grassley said the committee will first schedule a vote for next Monday, Mar. 27. But he expects the vote to be held over a week, as committee rules allow any member to push it back.

Republicans have said they would like Gorsuch to be confirmed before Congress leaves for a two-week recess Apr. 7.

For Supreme Court nominations, the Judiciary panel has traditionally voted to recommend a nominee favorably or unfavorably, giving the full Senate the final say.

Gorsuch's four-day confirmation hearing began Monday morning.
The first day of the hearings will feature opening statements from senators and Gorsuch himself. Senators will begin questioning the judge Tuesday.