Toomey to Meet with Garland, Joining Others In Tight Races: Hill

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., says he’s agreed to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, though he still thinks the open high-court seat should remain vacant until next yr, the Hill reports (http://bit.ly/1PrFMoX).

  • “President Obama’s team has asked if I would meet with Judge Merrick Garland, and I have agreed to do so out of courtesy and respect for both the president and the judge,” Toomey says in statement, the Hill reports
  • “I believe that is the best approach for deciding whether to alter the balance of the Supreme Court; I plan on making that clear to Judge Garland when I meet with him,” he says
  • Other GOP senators facing close re-election contests have suggested they also are open to meeting with Garland but don’t think the Senate should take a vote, including Kelly Ayotte of N.H., Ron Johnson of Wisc. and Rob Portman of Ohio
  • GOP Sens. Mark Kirk of Ill. and Susan Collins of Maine have gone further, saying Garland should get a hearing; Kirk also up for re-election this fall

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