Senate Judiciary Republicans Vow No Hearing for Supreme Court Nominee

All 11 Republicans agree they will “not hold hearings" now.

Going a step further, McConnell said he is not inclined to even meet with Obama's pick. "This decision ought to be made by the next president," McConnell said.

The Judiciary Committee, which also has nine Democrats, conducts hearings before the Senate votes on confirmation of the president's nominee for the court.

McConnell refused to speculate about the political risk of the move, saying only that he wasn't going to get "off message."

But the White House said that they do want Republicans to act as Biden did in 1992. “When you consider that he [Biden] presided over the last time that the Senate voted to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in an election year, that was a nominee that was put forward by a Republican president and Joe Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ensured that Justice [Anthony] Kennedy got both a fair hearing and a timely yes-or-no vote. That’s what we’re asking the Senate to do.”

Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, accused Senate Republicans of following the lead of GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

“Make no mistake, Senator McConnell is absolutely following the lead of extremists Trump and Cruz. There is no clearer example of this than the Republican leader’s response to the recent Supreme Court vacancy,” he said. “Republicans should think long and hard about this simple fact: If they follow the course set out by the Republican leader, every one of them will be as responsible as Trump and Cruz for the debasement of their own Republican Party.”