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Gorsuch Gets Warm Welcome from GOP on Hill

Neil Gorsuch
Posted at 1:54 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 13:54:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick is earning GOP praise as he visits Capitol Hill.

Judge Neil Gorsuch was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence as he met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell called Gorsuch "an outstanding appointment" and said Republicans were "thrilled" to get the confirmation process started.

Pence predicted that as senators get to know Gorsuch, "they'll come to understand the enthusiasm" Trump has for Gorsuch.

Democratic divisions were already on display as a handful of senators announced immediate opposition to Gorsuch while others said he deserved a hearing before any conclusion is reached.

A Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman said the panel hoped to begin confirmation hearings in about six weeks.