Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, used his opening remarks at a committee meeting on Thursday morning to criticize the committee's chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), for not allowing the Democrats to participate in the discussion over whether to consider President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court.
"I know you to be a man who embodies the best traditions and courtesies of this body. That is why I was so disappointed two weeks ago when the Majority Leader announced that the ‘Judiciary Committee has unanimously recommended’ that the next Supreme Court nominee will not receive any consideration this year," Leahy said in his written remarks.
It was Leahy's first chance to castigate committee Republicans in person and in public since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month.
"This is our first business meeting to consider anything since the untimely passing of Justice Scalia. Our Committee has not had the opportunity to discuss how to proceed, and we certainly have not recommended or decided anything unanimously," he continued.
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