WASHINGTON — Senate hearings on President Reagan's controversial nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court will not begin until Sept. 15, almost assuring the court will begin its next term with a vacancy, Senate Democrats said today.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) announced tentative plans, after meeting with other Democrats on the committee, to start the Bork hearings in mid-September. Republicans proposed that the hearings begin this month and conclude before the Senate recesses on Aug. 7 until after Labor Day.