- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

RICHMOND, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says it would be “cowardly” for the Senate not to vote on a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Leahy made the comments Tuesday at an event in Richmond.

His comments came as the U.S. Senate and President Obama are trying to decide the path in the aftermath of the unexpected death of Scalia last weekend in Texas.

Senate Republican leaders have said they wouldn’t consider a replacement for Scalia until after the next president takes office. But Tuesday the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, wouldn’t rule out holding confirmation hearings and a vote by his panel on an Obama selection.

Leahy says there’s plenty of time to hold a hearing before Obama leaves office.

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