In a ceremony this morning in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama announced the nomination of Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court. Garland, 63, currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Republican Senate leaders have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings on any Obama nominee, preferring to wait until the next president takes office in January 2017. Obama informed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of his choice before making his formal announcement.
McConnell spoke following Obama’s announcement, and reiterated the commitment of Senate Republicans not to begin the confirmation process.
The nomination follows the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.