U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) met Wednesday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
"I've just met personally and directly with Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. I've read so much about him: his background, his life, and his professional career," Durbin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said after the meeting. "He is clearly a person well-qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. I think that's one of the problems that the Republicans have. They just know that when they sit down and get to know him, and understand his background, it's virtually impossible to say that this man is not qualified to serve in that position."
Here's a clip from the meeting between Durbin and Garland:
Obama nominated Garland last month to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created after Justice Antonin Scalia's unexpected death. Garland, an Illinois native who attended high school in Skokie, has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997 and is currently its chief judge.
Senate Republicans have vowed against holding a vote or hearing on a Supreme Court nominee until after the next elected president takes office.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) broke ranks from most Republicans by calling for Senate hearings and a vote on Garland's nomination. Kirk, who is in a competitive race this year to retain his seat, also met with Garland last week.