Sen. Leahy: Republicans blockaded Garland
During the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for nominee Neil Gorsuch, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) called the GOP's delay of a hearing or vote on Merrick Garland an "extraordinary blockade" that was "totally unprecedented in our country's whole history."
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