Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellObama administration officials ramp up push for Pacific pact Overnight Defense: GOP leaders express concerns after 9/11 veto override | Lawmakers press for Syria 'plan B' | US touts anti-ISIS airstrikes Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform MORE (R-Ky.) signaled early Tuesday that while he's willing to meet with President Obama on a Supreme Court nominee, Republicans are sticking with their strategy to block his selection.
"We will reiterate that the American people will have a voice in the vacancy on the Supreme Court as they choose the next president," the Republican leader said. "In other words, we'll observe the Biden Rule."
McConnell's comments come as he, Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidNo GOP leaders attending Shimon Peres funeral Overnight Regulation: Feds finalize rule expanding sick leave Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP MORE (D-Nev.), and Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyMcConnell blames dysfunction on Dems Four states sue to stop internet transition Senate passes bill to preserve sexual assault kits MORE (R-Iowa) and Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) — the top members of the Judiciary Committee — are expected to meet with the president later Tuesday.
Republicans have repeatedly pointed to comments from top Democrats, including Vice President Biden, as they look to blunt Democratic criticism that they aren't doing their job by refusing to give Obama's nominee a hearing or a vote.
McConnell instead said senators and Obama should use Tuesday's meeting to talk about "ways we can work together" in areas such as combating an opioid and heroin epidemic.
Democrats maintain that Republicans will eventually cave to pressure and take up Obama's nominee, with Reid adding Tuesday that some on the other side of the aisle are "already are starting to see ... the light."
"The Constitution reigns supreme simply in saying, 'Do your job, among other things,'" he added.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, said Monday that he believes Obama's nominee to succeed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should get a hearing.