As the U.S. Supreme Court resumed business last week with only eight justices, the feud over filling Antonin Scalia’s seat intensified between the White House and Senate Republicans, who announced their intention not to hold any hearings or a vote on the vacancy.

Senate Democrats hit back on Feb. 24 against Judiciary Committee Republicans’ declaration that the seat would remain unfilled until after November’s elections. Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, speaking from the Senate floor, described a “sad day for one of the proudest committees in the United States Senate.”

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