Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) has joined a small group of Senate Republicans who say they want to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I would rather have you complaining to me that I voted wrong on nominating somebody than saying I’m not doing my job,” Moran told constituents during a town hall meeting on Monday, according to The Garden City Telegram.
President Barack Obama has nominated D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland for the position. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said he won’t put Garland through the nomination process, but some Republican senators have said they would meet with him.
Moran told the town hall attendees that he believes senators should interview Garland and hold a hearing on his nomination, according to the newspaper.
“I can’t imagine the President has or will nominate somebody that meets my criteria, but I have my job to do,” Moran said, as quoted by the Telegram. “I think the process ought to go forward.”
Moran had previously said he’d “consider” Obama’s nomination, but that the “decision has already been made” to not move forward with the process of considering the nomination.