Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerCalifornia House Republicans facing tougher headwinds House and Senate water bills face billion difference Boxer, Feinstein endorse Kamala Harris in two-Dem Senate race MORE (D-Calif.) suggested she "wouldn't be surprised" if Americans are so angered by the GOP strategy that they sue lawmakers.
Dems rage over GOP court move
Democrats quickly lashed out Tuesday over a GOP decision to refuse to have a hearing or vote for President Obama's evenutal Supreme Court nominee.
"They're threatening to abandon the Senate's responsibilities. It's what Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBar Association declined to publish report calling Trump 'libel bully' in fear he'd sue: report Breitbart, liberal activist cooperated on GOP primary disruptions Trump will cut ribbon on DC hotel Wednesday MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzBreitbart, liberal activist cooperated on GOP primary disruptions Juan Williams: When WikiLeaks leaked my cell number 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race MORE want," Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidObama seeks down-ballot gains after being midterm loser Reid: 'I have set the Senate' for nuclear option Obama in Nevada: 'Heck no' to Trump, Joe Heck MORE (Nev.) told reporters. "Republicans must take their duty seriously and reject the extreme approach of Trump and Cruz."
Republicans have united around leaving Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's seat vacant until next year after the Judiciary Committee announced it wouldn't hold a hearing for an Obama nominee.
Democrats argue that Republicans are threatening to politicize the Supreme Court.
In addition to Reid, Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Wikileaks: Durbin pushed unknown Warren for Obama bank regulator The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Ill.), Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerReid: 'I have set the Senate' for nuclear option Immigration was barely covered in the debates GOP leaders advise members to proceed with caution on Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) and Patty MurrayPatty MurrayWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress Senate Dems demand answers from Wells Fargo over treatment of military A fight for new rights MORE (D-Wash.) took turns slamming the GOP strategy during a weekly press conference.
Democrats say that the blanket opposition before Obama even announces a nominee contradicts Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPelosi urges end to Pentagon's clawback of soldier overpayments Coffman’s stance on climate change disingenuous, irresponsible Bill Murray honored with Mark Twain Prize MORE's push to show that the Senate can work ahead of the election.
"Sen. McConnell is going to have to wear the collar for it. He has decided that his Republicans will not do their job. Our message to them is very, very clear. Three words: do your job," Durbin told reporters.
Rank-and-file Democrats also took the Senate floor on Tuesday to deride the decision.
Meanwhile, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs EpiPen maker to pay 5M to settle overcharging case MORE (D-Minn.), who is a member of the Judiciary Committee, added that senators have a responsibility to give Obama's nominee a hearing and a vote.
"It's really not that hard. It's what the kids learn when they are taught social studies and civic lessons when they are in elementary school," she said.
Republicans argue that Democrats are trying to leapfrog the American public by confirming a third Supreme Court nominee for Obama during the president's final year. Instead, they say voters should help decide who will succeed Scalia by selecting the next president.
While Democrats have united behind the idea that Obama's nominee should get a hearing, they would need Republican help to either schedule a committee hearing or move the nomination on the Senate floor. But Democrats said Tuesday that they wouldn't go as far as blocking other legislation in an effort to get cooperation on the Supreme Court fight.
In addition to not moving Obama's nominee, McConnell and Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchThe holy grail of tax policy GOP lawmakers ask IRS to explain M wasted on unusable email system GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election MORE (R-Utah), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said they would not meet with Obama's nominee.