President Obama placed calls over the weekend to senators from both political parities as he works toward nominating a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.
The group who received phone calls from Obama includes members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would oversee the Supreme Court nomination process.
Obama has been working the phones amid staunch opposition from Republican lawmakers over putting forth a nominee.
Last week, he called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThough flawed, complex Medicaid block grants have fighting chance Sanders: 'If you don't have the guts to face your constituents,' you shouldn't be in Congress McConnell: Trump's speech should be 'tweet free' MORE (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP senator grilled over DeVos vote during town hall Big Pharma must address high drug prices ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate MORE (R-Iowa), both of whom have said the next president, and not Obama, should name Scalia’s replacement.
He also called Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair The Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs MORE (D-Nev.) and Sen. Pat Leahy (Vt.), the ranking Democrat on the judiciary panel.
“The president will place additional phone calls" with lawmakers this week, Earnest said.
Over the weekend, Obama also “spent quite a bit of time” reading information compiled on potential nominees, according to the spokesman.
The White House organized a photo-op last Friday of the president carrying a binder full of materials from the Oval Office into the residence.
Earnest declined to describe Obama’s impressions of possible nominees. He added that the president’s list of potential replacements is not finalized.