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The Senate momentarily paused a partisan battle over the Supreme Court on Thursday to unanimously pass a resolution honoring Justice Antonin Scalia. 

The 93-0 vote comes at a time when lawmakers have spent hours on the floor blasting the other party’s rhetoric, while Republicans remain united behind their pledge to not take up President Obama’s forthcoming nominee to succeed Scalia. 
 
{mosads}Under the resolution, the Senate offers its “heartfelt sympathy” for Scalia’s family and friends and commends his tenure as a Supreme Court justice. 
 
It also acknowledges Scalia as a “talented attorney, a learned law professor, a dedicated public servant, a brilliant jurist, and one of the great justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.” 
 
The vote comes after Democrats rallied in front of the Supreme Court Thursday to repeatedly urge Republicans to “do your job” by allowing the president’s pick to get a hearing and a vote. 
 
Asked about how they planned to pressure Republicans on the issue, Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) told reporters that “the pressure we’re going to bring is to tell them to do their jobs. We’re going to do that every day.” 
 
Republicans, however, argue that Democrats are trying to cut the electorate out of the decision-making process by forcing through a third justice for President Obama before the November election. 
 
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said separately Thursday that Reid’s repeated speeches slamming Republicans amount to “childish tantrums.”
 
Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) missed the vote on the resolution.
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