Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP

Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, smiles as he meets with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is returning to Capitol Hill as part of a Democratic effort to push for a vote on his nomination.

Vice President Joe Biden will also be on the Hill Thursday to help turn up the pressure on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell has shown no signs of wavering from his position to let the next president choose the replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.

It will be Garland’s first visit to Capitol Hill since he held dozens of individual meetings with senators in the Spring.

Garland will meet with the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy.

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