Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to begin March 20

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, will appear for hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning March 20.

If the U.S. Department of Justice choses to bring an appeal on President Trump's executive order on refugees to the Supreme Court in the coming months, it is not clear whether or not Gorsuch would be able to participate, based on the schedule Grassley presented.

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.

Casey excoriated President Trump's "decision to give in to" the demands of far-right groups to select a nominee for the high court from their "approved list" in exchange for support.

"SenJudiciary Committee to begin hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for #SCOTUS on March 20th", the Judiciary Committee wrote on Twitter.

As such, Gorsuch has disqualified himself from confirmation. The committee will then vote on the nomination, and it will move to the Senate floor.

Both Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have said they hope to confirm Gorsuch in April.

With Republicans holding 52 seats in the 100-member chamber, Gorsuch will need to earn the support of at least eight Democrats to win confirmation. He is well-qualified and respected. Republicans refused to consider former President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, insisting that voters should have a say.

But it remains unclear whether Democrats, in the Senate minority, ultimately will try and block his nomination with a filibuster.

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