Discharging a Senate Committee from Consideration of a Nomination [April 5, 2016] [open pdf - 115KB]
"Some press reports have suggested that the full Senate could vote in relation to the nomination of Merrick B. Garland to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, even if the Senate Judiciary Committee does not act on the nomination. […] This CRS [Congressional Research Service] Insight addresses questions concerning the exact nature of such a vote; it also explains the procedural steps that could be necessary to bring the nomination to a direct vote on the floor. Not all procedural options are discussed in this product; additional resources and relevant CRS experts on the confirmation process are listed at the end. CRS resources provide background and explanatory information. Only the Office of the Senate Parliamentarian can provide authoritative advice regarding Senate proceedings, and consultation with that office regarding any specific floor action is advised."
CRS Insight, IN10468
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html