President Trump’s choice for the vacant Supreme Court seat starts getting Senate scrutiny next week. A step closer to the bench than the last nominee.

FOX’s Jared Halpern has more on Capitol Hill:

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from Judge Neil Gorsuch, just a few days removed from the one year anniversary of Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination by President Obama:

(Garland) “This is the greatest honor of my life. Other than Lynn agreeing to marry me 28 years ago.”

Garland’s nomination came about 10 months before the Presidential election and went no further. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell insisted the next President should fill the vacancy:

(McConnell) “The people will decide who should be the appointing authority. So no, he will not be considered by the Senate.”

President Trump made the Supreme Court vacancy part of his campaign pitch, releasing a list of more than 20 judges he promised to nominate from making good on that list less than two weeks after his inauguration:

(President Trump) “By nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch.”

Republican leaders want a confirmation vote next month.

On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News.

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