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Pennsylvania Sen. Toomey to Meet With Supreme Court Nominee Garland

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By    |   Wednesday, 23 Mar 2016 03:51 PM

Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has agreed to meet with Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, reports ABC News.

Toomey said he will tell Garland that the Senate won't fill the Supreme Court spot until after a new president is elected. He said he would agree to meet Garland "out of courtesy and respect for both the president and the judge."

Toomey joins at least nine other Republican senators in saying they would meet with Garland or have said they would be open to a meeting.

Six of those, including Toomey, face reelection. Democrats have said their stances would be an issue that faces them at election time.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has led most Republicans in saying that the late Justice Antonin Scalia's spot on the high court will be a nominee picked by the next president.

Toomey sent a tweet March 16 that said:


Toomey has been under fire in his home state for not meeting with Garland, reports Politico. Pennsylvania's Democrat Sen. Bob Casey noted that it was the Senate's "obligation" to vote on the nominee.

"The Republican senators who agree to meet with him are going to find him to be an accomplished, brilliant and compassionate jurist," said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer. 

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