Supreme Court nominee out in cold as election heats up

Judge Garland, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, meets with Senator Boxer (D-CA) in Washington.By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Merrick Garland hit an unwanted milestone on Tuesday as the federal appeals court judge’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court reached its 125th day with no Senate action, tying for the longest pending nomination ever to the high court. In a move with little precedent in American history, the Republicans who control the Senate have simply refused to take any action on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Garland, 63, for a lifetime job on the nation’s top court. Having been nominated on March 16 to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13, Garland has now matched Justice Louis Brandeis for the longest time between nomination and Senate action.

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