Hillary Clinton on Saturday slammed Republicans threatening to block a vote on a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia until after President Obama leaves office.
"The Republicans in the Senate and on the campaign trail who are calling for Justice Scalia's seat to remain vacant dishonor the Constitution," Clinton said in a statement issued by her campaign Saturday. "The Senate has a constitutional responsibly here that it cannot abdicate for partisan political reasons."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a presidential candidate who sits on the Judiciary Committee, have said the Senate should not consider a replacement for Scalia this year.
Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, two senior members of the panel, which will hold a hearing on the next Supreme Court nominee, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is running for president, have also called for the Senate to deny Obama a vote on a nominee to the high court.
In her statement, Clinton said that her "thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Justice Scalia as they mourn his sudden passing."
"I did not hold Justice Scalia's views, but he was a dedicated public servant who brought energy and passion to the bench," Clinton said.