The next president, the next president.
It’s going to be a tough election.
And if you’re one of the folks who is trying to get through that, it might be time to start getting the ball rolling.
The Senate is expected to vote on a nomination Wednesday for Merrick Garland, the Justice Department’s top judge for the next seven years.
It will be the first time the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a nominee to fill a seat vacated by a Supreme Court justice.
And that could be the beginning of the end of what has been a chaotic confirmation process for a Justice Department that has been in the headlines for its lack of diversity and its lack thereof.
The process has been beset by delays and procedural wrangling.
Garland’s nomination has been stalled in the Senate since it was first put forward by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and a handful of Republicans, including Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chair.
The nomination has remained in limbo, and the Judiciary panel has never voted on it.
That hasn’t stopped the Justice Departments own nominee from getting the nod.
Garland has faced criticism for being too conservative and his views on abortion, religious liberty and voting rights.
The Garland nomination has received support from many groups including the Human Rights Campaign and the National Women’s Law Center, but he has also been met with criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union, who say he’s been too conservative on issues such as abortion and gun rights.
In addition to being on the right side of the political spectrum, Garland is also a lawyer and he has been accused of being a political insider, even though he was not a lawyer.
He has also faced criticism that he has made a career of representing corporations in court cases.
A spokesperson for Grassley and the Senate committee declined to comment for this story.
In the past, Republicans have used their power to block Garland’s confirmation, including filibustering his nomination to the bench.
But that’s not the case with this nomination.
In fact, Garland’s Senate Judiciary committee has been under Republican control since 2009.
Grassley has been leading the charge for Garland, as well as a handful or other senators who have also voted to block his nomination.
It would be hard to imagine that any of those senators would be happy with Garland’s selection.
In a statement, the Senate judiciary committee said it is reviewing the nomination.
Garland is a well-respected federal judge and has a proven record of defending the Constitution and upholding the rule of law.
His nomination is subject to the same thorough and fair Senate confirmation process that ensures that all nominees are confirmed based on the merits of their cases, the committee said.
A spokesperson for Trump has said that Garland is an “excellent nominee” and said he has not yet decided whether to support Garland’s nominations, although he did say he believes Garland is “an outstanding judge.”
Trump did not mention Garland by name, but referred to the “great American legal system.”
“It is important that the Senate confirms a nominee who can work to protect and advance the constitutional rights of all Americans, including those who have experienced discrimination, including the LGBTQ community,” the statement said.
The statement did not specifically say if Garland’s past record would disqualify him from being confirmed.
This is a developing story.
Read more on the Trump nomination and Senate Judiciary confirmation process here.