Garland speaks at school where he tutors kids

Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, center, congratulates Jenifer Morales-Garcia, left, after Morales-Garcia and Vernell Garvin, right, both fifth graders who Garland tutors, were awarded medals for math during the graduation ceremony for J.O. Wilson Elementary School, Wednesday, June 15, 2015, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington. Garland has tutored students at the school over the past 18 years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland hasn’t made much progress winning over Senate Republicans, but a room full of graduating fifth graders was more receptive.

Garland has delivered brief commencement remarks Wednesday for a Washington elementary school where he has spent the last 18 years tutoring students.

He urged the children from J.O. Wilson Elementary School to “go ahead and dream, but also work to make those dreams come true.”

About 50 children attended the ceremony roughly a mile from the Supreme Court building where Garland hopes to sit one day.

The appeals court judge has been in political limbo since President Barack Obama nominated him to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Republicans in Congress have refused to hold hearings or a confirmation vote until Obama leaves office.

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