Ryan joins calls to block Obama SCOTUS pick

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHead of top hedge fund association to step down Romney knocks Trump over McCain criticism Paul Ryan joins board of Fox Corporation MORE (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he supports the Republican push to block a Supreme Court nomination from President Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

"The Supreme Court is not an extension of the White House. The president has absolutely every right to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, but Congress as an equal branch also has every right not to confirm someone," Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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"We are knee deep into a presidential election, and I think the precedent for not filling a Supreme Court vacancy in such a time is justified," Ryan added. 

Ryan is backing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' McConnell calls McCain a 'rare patriot' and 'American hero' after Trump criticism MORE's (R-Ky.) call for the next president to fill the vacancy left by Scalia, who died unexpectedly in Texas over the weekend at age 79.
 
Democrats have called on the Senate to move on a replacement, while Republican presidential candidates have said whoever wins in November should make the pick, not Obama.
 
Referencing the Republican push to block a third Obama nominee, Ryan told the newspaper that "Democrats would be doing exactly the same thing if the shoe were on the other foot."
 
Still, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySeniors win big with Trump rebate rule  Klobuchar: ObamaCare a 'missed opportunity' to address drug costs Just one in five expect savings from Trump tax law: poll MORE (R-Iowa) has said that he would hold off making a decision on holding a confirmation hearing for an Obama pick until the nomination is made.