Dems rage over GOP court move
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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 John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE want," Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama 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.
Democrats say that the blanket opposition before Obama even announces a nominee contradicts Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters 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 Jean KlobucharFranken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics 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 Grant HatchMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Utah governor calls Bannon a 'bigot' after attacks on Romney MORE (R-Utah), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said they would not meet with Obama's nominee.