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Durbin Calls Out GOP On Garland Snub

Apr 6, 2016

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Democratic Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee today Wednesday. And he called out Republicans for not granting Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination a hearing.

Durbin said he wants to see Garland on the Supreme Court. He said Republicans - including Illinois Senator Mark Kirk - should put more pressure on Republican leaders to have a vote.

"The obvious question to ask those senators and others is if your leader is trying to draw you into a position which you think is fundamentally wrong, do you still stand behind that leader," Durbin Said.

Kirk has said his Republican colleagues should vote on Garland’s nomination. 

A statement from Kirk’s campaign said he’s at the forefront of the issue - and handed out a memo to Republican senators, calling on them to meet with Garland. Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth faces Kirk in the November election.