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Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran differ on decision to ignore Garland

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Both Kansas senators have had more to say this week on the GOP-led Senate’s plan to ignore President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Speaking to Topeka teens on Monday, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., quoted then-Sen. Joe Biden’s 1992 words opposing the nomination of justices in President George H.W. Bush’s final year and also said: “It isn’t as if this is new. It is not in the Constitution that the Senate must vote. There’s a lot of past history. The Senate does what it wants to do.” At a town hall meeting in Cimarron, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said Garland’s nomination should be considered: “I can’t imagine the president has or will nominate somebody that meets my criteria, but I have my job to do. I think the process ought to go forward.” – Rhonda Holman

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