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 TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump walks tightrope on gun control State Department's top arms control official leaving Sanders NASA plan is definitely Earth first MORE want," Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBarr fails to persuade Cruz on expanded background checks Harry Reid warns Trump 'can be reelected' Homeland Security Republican accuses Navy of withholding UFO info 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 DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Bipartisan group of senators urges FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately MORE (D-Ill.), Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerToomey on gun reform: 'Beto O'Rourke is not helping' Schumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey MORE (D-N.Y.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights EXCLUSIVE: Swing-state voters oppose 'surprise' medical bill legislation, Trump pollster warns Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare 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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellToomey on gun reform: 'Beto O'Rourke is not helping' Election meddling has become the new normal of US diplomacy DC statehood push faces long odds despite record support 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. 
 
"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.