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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE want," Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenators briefed on US Navy's encounters with UFOs: report Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Trump weighs in on UFOs in Stephanopoulos interview 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.
In addition to Reid, Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinNegotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions Schumer calls for delay on passage of defense bill amid Iran tensions MORE (D-Ill.), Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Chris Murphy may oppose bipartisan health bill unless it addresses ObamaCare 'sabotage' Key senators release bipartisan package to lower health care costs MORE (D-Wash.) took turns slamming the GOP strategy during a weekly press conference. 
"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. 

Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.) suggested she "wouldn't be surprised" if Americans are so angered by the GOP strategy that they sue lawmakers. 

Meanwhile, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharRules for first Democratic primary debates announced Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions Sanders unveils student debt plan amid rivalry with Warren 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.