Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told The Daily Caller that past statements about appointing Supreme Court justices "doesn't matter."
Schumer's remarks refer to the Republican-controlled senate's assertion that it will not consider Obama's pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court but will wait until the next president is elected. Several Democrats have complained and demanded the GOP give Obama's choice a hearing in their "advise and consent" role.
However past statements from Vice President Biden and Senator Charles Schumer show they had no problem blocking Supreme Court nominees when the power structure was flipped and the president making an appointment was a Republican.
“We should reverse the presumption of confirmation,” Schumer said in 2007, according to Politico. “The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito.”
"It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is underway — and it is — action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over,” Biden, a Delaware senator and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in 1992. “That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process.”
Fast forward to today, Schumer said to The Daily Caller, “Look, the simple answer to this, which everyone is saying everywhere is, ‘Do your job.’ It doesn’t matter what anybody said in the past. Do your job. It’s working,” Schumer said. “We should do our job.”