Merkley to Senate GOP: Hold Public Hearings for Judge Garland

April 27, 2016—This week in his “We the People” speech series, Senator Merkley addresses the Senate’s constitutional obligation to holding public hearings and provide advice and consent on the President’s nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States. Since 1975, the President’s Supreme Court nominees have waited an average of 42 days to have a hearing in the Senate. Today marks the day that Judge Garland should begin his confirmation hearings based on the average length of time recent nominees have waited.