Illinois Senator Kirk Calls For Vote On Supreme Court Nominee


WASHINGTON----Illinois Senator Mark Kirk is the first Republican senator to break with party leaders and ask for a vote on President Obama's Supreme Court selection.

Kirk said today on Chicago radio station WLS that the Senate should "man up and cast a vote". President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland on Wednesday for the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.

Garland is a U.S. appeals court judge.

Senator Kirk faces a tough reelection fight this November in Illinois. Senate Majority Leader MItch McConnell of Kentucky said there will not be a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing or vote on the President's pick. Most Republicans say that should wait for the next president's nominee.

Kirk said in Friday's interview that he does not expect McConnell to change his mind.

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