Group to Protest Grassley’s Refusal to Allow Vote on U.S. Supreme Court Nominee

U.S. Supreme Court building.

U.S. Supreme Court building.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A national movement to get the U.S. Supreme Court fully-staffed arrives in Iowa Tuesday, though demonstrations are planned across the nation.

It all comes just one day after the Supreme Court went back into session with one fewer justice than it had earlier this year.

The court has been down one justice ever since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February.

So far, Senate leadership like Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has refused to even hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nominee — Merrick Garland.

Tuesday, advocates with the group Why Courts Matter Iowa are voicing their frustration with that decision. At noon, they’ll be delivering empty chairs to Grassley’s office. They’re meant to signify the court’s empty seat.

Grassley has said he wants to wait until after the election to hold a vote. He is up for re-election next month.