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Watch live: Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch stands with Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, Feb. 1, 2017. 

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Senate confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch begin Monday.

You can watch the proceedings live here, beginning at 11 a.m. EST. 

The hearing is expected to last three days, with opening statements followed by extended questioning from lawmakers and testimony by experts.

Gorsuch, who has served as a federal appeals court judge for the last decade, "has met every demand placed on him by the minority," the panel's chairman Senator Chuck Grassley said last month, referring to Democratic calls for the nominee to be an independent jurist.

"He is well-qualified and respected," Grassley said in a statement. "It's time for him to have the opportunity to speak for himself before the Judiciary Committee."

Trump announced his pick of Gorsuch, 49, just 11 days into his presidency. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat left vacant by the death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia, who died a year ago in the middle of the presidential election campaign.

Democratic leadership is demanding a 60-vote threshold for Gorsuch, which they have permission to do under Senate rules.

With Republicans holding 52 seats in the 100-member chamber, Gorsuch will need to earn the support of at least eight Democrats to win confirmation.