U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is increasingly pessimistic about Merrick Garland being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
President Barack Obama nominated Garland to the high court earlier this year. But the GOP-controlled Senate has refused to hold hearings, making it increasingly likely that the next president will make the selection.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, McCaskill said it may not be practically possible to consider Garland’s nomination after the presidential election.
“The clock is ticking," McCaskill says. "I don’t even know if there would be time to do an adequate confirmation process after the election. They may want to, but I’m not sure there will be sufficient time to get it done.”
McCaskill’s colleague, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, also says Garland is unlikely to get Senate confirmation.