Obama works the phones on Scalia replacement
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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.

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“That is continued evidence the president takes quite seriously the responsibility that he has to consult with Congress in this matter,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWarren on family separation policy: Trump is ‘taking America to a dark and ugly place’ Senate GOP tries to defuse Trump border crisis Schumer rejects GOP proposal to address border crisis MORE (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Markets roiled by Trump's new tariff threat | Trump lashes out at Canada over trade | Warren looks to block Trump pick for consumer agency The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Defiant Trump meets with House GOP amid border blowback Republican senator calls for face-to-face with EPA’s Pruitt 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 Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary 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.