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 TrumpJake Tapper falls — no, leaps — into Trump’s trap Facts still matter in the age of Trump and fake news Overnight Tech: Dems fire back on net neutrality, internet privacy | Trump dodges on Time Warner-AT&T | Group pushes Bitcoin rival | Emails detail Uber's fight with California MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzDem senator: Confirm Gorsuch, Garland simultaneously THE MEMO: Trump takes the fight to Congress Brietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners MORE want," Democratic 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 (Nev.) told reporters. "Republicans must take their duty seriously and reject the extreme approach of Trump and Cruz." 
 
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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 DurbinDem leaders try ‘prebuttal’ on Trump Dems bringing young undocumented immigrants to Trump's speech Senate Dem fears White House 'cover-up' of Russia ties MORE (D-Ill.), Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerSchumer: Trump wants to take 'two by four' to media Overnight Defense: Trump proposes 3B defense budget | Defense hawks say proposal falls short | Pentagon to probe Yemen raid Perez and Ellison an unlikely duo to help Democrats start winning MORE (D-N.Y.) and Patty MurrayPatty MurrayWho is Labor pick Alexander Acosta? A guide to the committees: Senate Overnight Healthcare: Trump officials weigh fate of birth control mandate | House, DOJ seek delay in ObamaCare lawsuit 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 McConnellSenate votes to advance Trump's nominee for Interior secretary Dem leaders try ‘prebuttal’ on Trump Ryan, McConnell predict ‘positive, upbeat’ message from Trump 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 KlobucharDrug importation won't save dollars or lives Senators ask feds for ‘full account’ of work to secure election from cyber threats Sanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero 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 HatchHow to marry housing policy and tax reform for millions of Americans Though flawed, complex Medicaid block grants have fighting chance A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Utah), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said they would not meet with Obama's nominee.