'Maximum test': Obama's pick for Supreme Court vacancy challenges GOP opposition
Garland, 63, is currently chief judge of the US Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. Obama previously considered him for Supreme Court nominations in 2009 and 2010.
Republicans in the Senate have already said they will not hold confirmation hearings to vote on the nominee. The partisan protest against the president appointing a Supreme Court justice during his final months in office has clashed with bipartisan praise which Garland has received in the past.
Garland previously worked in the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush before being appointed by President Bill Clinton to the US Court of Appeals.
Statement on President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court: pic.twitter.com/GTcLMLyS6I— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 16, 2016
Judge Garland is a strong nominee with decades of experience on the bench. @POTUS has done his job. It’s time for Republicans to do theirs.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 16, 2016
I feel bad for Garland. He's gotta feel like the kid of two divorced parents that never stop fighting about him. #SCOTUSnominee— Elliott Rains (@elliottrains) March 16, 2016
Hearing how Garland most "anti-gun" in decades. Mainly because not supportive of newly created rights under Heller.Rights that go back to 08— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 16, 2016
@thinkprogress GOP voters have to look past own self interest and realize this is a real threat to our Constitution— Adrian R. Leaks (@adrianleaks) March 16, 2016