The Senate confirmed Judge Merrick Garland to serve as President Biden’s Attorney General on Wednesday afternoon, by a vote of 70 to 30. Garland previously served as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He was nominated by former President Obama to serve on the Supreme Court, but his nomination was blocked by the Republican majority in the Senate during a presidential election year.
Merrick Garland confirmed as AG, 70-30— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) March 10, 2021
Confirmed, 70-30: Executive Calendar #27 Merrick Brian Garland to be Attorney General @TheJusticeDept— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) March 10, 2021
Breaking News: Judge Merrick Garland was confirmed as attorney general, 70-30, with 20 Republican senators supporting the former Supreme Court nominee. https://t.co/UhYSMmCTvb pic.twitter.com/d3oI1vL7SX— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 10, 2021
Several Republican Senators Roy Blunt (MO), Richard Burr (NC), Shelley Moore-Capito (WV), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), John Cornyn (TX), Joni Ernst (IA), Lindsey Graham (SC), Chuck Grassley (IA), Jim Inhofe (OK), Ron Johnson (WI), James Lankford (OK), Mitch McConnell (KY), Jerry Moran (KS), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), Mike Rounds (SD), John Thune (SD), and Thom Tillis (NC) all voted to confirm Garland.
Confirmed, 66-34: Executive Calendar #12 Marcia Louise Fudge to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development @HUDgov— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) March 10, 2021