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The vote comes nearly five years after Republicans blocked Garland from getting a hearing or vote for his 2016 Supreme Court nomination, and is the first nomination approved by Democrats since the party took over the committee.
Garland is expected to be easily confirmed by the full Senate, despite Republican opposition on the committee. A final confirmation vote has not been scheduled, but it could happen as soon as this week.
Democrats only need 50 votes to confirm Biden’s nominees because Vice President Harris could break a 50-50 tie.
No Democrat has said they will oppose Garland and he is expected to win the support of the Republican Party in the Senate. Minority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump Proves Absolute Dominance Over Republican Party, Media At CPAC Barnburner Trump Discards Starting New Party: ‘Fake News’ Sunday Shows: Trump’s Resurgence, COVID-19 Vaccines, variants dominate MORE (R-Ky.) He says he supports the nomination and the top Republicans on the panel, including the senator. Chuck grassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley Will Vote Against Tanden Grassley Nomination Says He Will Decide This Fall Whether To Present Yellen Adeyemo MP On Track For Quick Confirmation In 2022 MORE (R-Iowa), voted to advance his nomination on Monday.
The committee’s vote came a week after Garland testified during a multi-hour Judiciary Committee hearing, where he vowed to be politically independent from Biden.
Garland is about to take over a Justice Department battered in recent years by political scandals and viewed by lawmakers from both parties as increasingly politicized.
“I am the attorney for the United States. I will do everything in my power … to avoid any effort by anyone to make prosecutions or investigations partisan or political in any way, ”Garland said at his hearing.
Garland also answered questions about police reform, controversial investigations into the Russia and Hunter Biden investigation, limits on a president’s power, and domestic terrorism in the wake of the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill.
Garland, as attorney general, will oversee a weeks-long, wide-ranging investigation into the pro-Trump mob violating the Capitol building in an effort to stop the Electoral College vote counting.
“One of the first things I will do is receive a progress report on this investigation,” Garland told senators.