Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Stephen G. Breyer's nomination to become a Supreme Court justice will begin July 12, Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) announced Thursday.
That is the first Tuesday after Congress takes a weeklong recess for the July 4 holiday, and will be two months after Breyer was nominated.
Assuming his confirmation process goes as smoothly as anticipated, he would be confirmed before Congress leaves for its annual August recess. That would leave him time to prepare for the Supreme Court's traditional opening day, the first Monday in October.
Breyer was nominated to replace Justice Harry A. Blackmun, whose retirement becomes effective at the end of the current term.