Gorsuch confirmation hearings to begin next month

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.

The hearings are set for March 20, Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced, and will last up to four days.

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Casey said he would continue to review Gorsuch's record and follow his answers to questions during his hearing before the Judiciary Committee in March, as well as his written responses to questions.

The hearing is the first step in the confirmation process, which Republicans hope to complete by April.

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"President Trump's decision to give in to their demand and choose from only their list of nominees was unprecedented", Casey said, in a written statement. The committee will then vote on the nomination, and it will move to the Senate floor.

"Judge Gorsuch has met every demand placed on him", Grassley said. "He is well-qualified and respected", Grassley said. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat left vacant by the death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia, who died a year ago in the middle of the presidential election campaign.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) wrote in Politico last week that Gorsuch needs 60 votes in the chamber to be confirmed, appearing to suggest that a filibuster effort is possible.

A confirmation vote is expected tomorrow for President Trump's choice to run the EPA, another nominee without unanimous Republican support, Maine GOP Senator Susan Collins says she and Scott Pruitt disagree on the role of the agency.