Senate Democrats urged their Republican counterparts to ''Do Your Job'' and hold confirmation hearings on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Senate Democrats urged their Republican counterparts to "Do Your Job" and consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. Senate Republican leaders have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings or an up-or-down vote on any Supreme Court nominee put forward by Obama, whose term ends in January. They want the next president to make the selection, hoping a Republican wins November's election. Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Thursday (March 17), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said "Merrick Garland is a fine man in every way." "We are going to have a Supreme Court justice. It's the right thing to do," said Reid. "And McConnell leading his troops- he's leading them over the cliff." Garland, 63, was picked to replace long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13. A Chicagoan like Obama, he serves as chief judge of the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is a former prosecutor who in the past has won praise from both Republicans and Democrats. Wasting no time in pressing its case for Senate confirmation, the administration is dispatching Garland to Capitol Hill on Thursday to huddle with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the senior Judiciary Committee Democrat and then with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Such meetings are aimed at shoring up Senate support for the nominee and generating media coverage. The lifetime appointment to the high court requires Senate confirmation.