Earth & Conservation

What to Know About Merrick Garland

The federal appeals judge has been praised by Democrats and Republicans, but it's unclear if he'll make it to a confirmation hearing.

Earlier this month, President Obama announced his new nominee choice for the U.S. Supreme Court: Merrick Garland. The former prosecutor and current federal appeals judge is facing stiff opposition from Republican leaders, but Garland has also received bipartisan praise in the past for his "collegiality and meticulous legal reasoning," according to NPR. Here are a few key things to know about Merrick Garland:

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For now, it's difficult to say if Garland will advance in the confirmation process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he refuses to consider any nominee from President Obama. Sen. McConnell believes the new justice should be selected by whoever wins this year's presidential election.