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Senate begins hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

This photo provided by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shows Judge Neil Gorsuch. (10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals via AP)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley says his panel likely will cast a vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s nomination in two weeks, on April 3.

Grassley said the committee will first schedule a vote for next Monday, March 27. But he expects the vote to be held over a week, as committee rules allow any member to push it back.

Republicans have said they would like Gorsuch to be confirmed before Congress leaves for a two-week recess on April 7.

For Supreme Court nominations, the Judiciary panel has traditionally voted to recommend a nominee favorably or unfavorably, giving the full Senate the final say.

Gorsuch’s four-day confirmation hearing began Monday morning. Senators will begin questioning the judge Tuesday.