Grassley chides Reid for 'childish tantrums' over court nominee
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Drug pricing fight centers on insulin On The Money: Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive | Dems question IRS on new tax forms | Warren rolls out universal child care proposal | Illinois governor signs bill for minimum wage MORE (R-Iowa) on Thursday morning chided Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSanders hires veteran progressive operative to manage 2020 bid Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Klobuchar: 'I don't remember' conversation with Reid over alleged staff mistreatment MORE (D-Nev.), suggesting that Reid's repeated speeches slamming Republicans over their position on a Supreme Court nominee amount to "childish tantrums." 
"Childish tantrums aren't appropriate for the Senate," Grassley said. "I think if my friend, Senator Biden, had been in the chamber today, he would have said, as you heard him say so many times, 'That's a bunch of malarkey.'" 
Grassley suggested, however, that he wouldn't dive into personal attacks against Reid, adding, "I love Senator Reid. I don't want to talk about the nuclear option and the tremendous damage that did to the Senate." 
Reid later fired back as Democrats rallied outside of the Supreme Court, suggesting Grassley should "read some of the editorials coming out of Iowa."
"A childish tantrum?" Reid asked. "When we're asking him to do his job? He's chairman of a committee. He should hold hearings, report people out." 
Senators are in the midst of a days-long rhetorical battle over the GOP's plan to refuse to give President Obama's forthcoming Supreme Court nominee a hearing, a vote or — in the cases of some senators — a meeting. 
Reid has repeatedly slammed Grassley since the Judiciary Committee earlier this week announced it wouldn't have a hearing for the late Justice Antonin Scalia's successor until after the presidential election. Reid on Tuesday said the Iowa Republican would go down as the "most obstructionist" chairman in history. 
"By refusing to hold confirmation hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, or hold a vote, they undermine the presidency, the Constitution and the United States Senate," Reid said of Republicans on Thursday.  
Republicans argue that voters should be able to decide the next justice by voting in the presidential election, saying Democrats are trying to cut the electorate out of the process. 
"There's a chance to get that debated in the presidential elections and maybe lay out very clearly where Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump MORE's coming from or where our Republican nominee, whoever that's going to be, is coming from, what type of people are they going to put on the court," Grassley said. 
--This report was updated at 12:32 p.m.