President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court will begin appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 20, the committee announced Thursday.
“Chairman @ChuckGrassley: @SenJudiciary Committee to begin hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for #SCOTUS on March 20th,” the Judiciary Committee wrote on Twitter.
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) February 16, 2017
Gorsuch has been making the rounds in the Senate, meeting senators one-on-one each day the Senate has been in session. On Thursday, he has seven meetings scheduled, six of which are with Democrats.
The Judiciary Committee hearings are expected to span several days and draw intense public scrutiny. While Republicans have cheered Trump for picking Gorsuch, Democrats have voiced significant skepticism. Some have said they intend to force Gorsuch to clear a 60-vote threshold before he can get a final up-or-down vote in the full Senate.
Republican leaders are hoping to confirm Gorsuch by early April before a two-week Easter recess. Kicking the process off on March 20 puts the Senate on a tight schedule to meet that target.