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WATCH: Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination hearings

BY and   March 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM EDT

The House Republicans’ health care plan has dominated the news cycle since it was introduced last week. Starting Monday, the focus in Washington will shift to the Senate confirmation hearing of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

The high-profile fight over Gorsuch, 49, comes one year after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans refused to vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the court. The seat was held by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February of 2016.

The hearings start at 11 a.m. EST on Monday, March 20. Watch live in the player above.

The first day of the Gorsuch proceedings, which are expected to last three to four days, will have to share the media spotlight with the House Intelligence Committee, which is hosting its first public hearing on Russia’s role in the 2016 election. But Gorsuch — a federal appeals court judge who has flown under the radar since his nomination in January — will take center stage Tuesday when he takes questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Democrats are facing pressure from the left to oppose Gorsuch. But the GOP-controlled Senate is expected to confirm Gorsuch later this spring. McConnell has said he wants to hold a final floor vote before Congress’ easter recess in April.

PBS NewsHour will provide live coverage of Gorsuch’s hearings when they begin March 20. Check this page for updates.

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