Senator Collins meets Supreme Court nominee Garland in Washington

Republican Collins urges Senate hearings on high court pick

Senator Collins meets Supreme Court nominee Garland in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A moderate Republican senator heaped praise on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday, bucking Senate Republican leaders in calling for confirmation hearings but saying she was not optimistic enough others in her party would agree. Susan Collins of Maine became only the second Republican senator to meet with Merrick Garland since Obama nominated the centrist appellate judge last month to fill the court’s vacancy left by the Feb. 13 death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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