WASHINGTON — A group of Iowans was at the Supreme Court building Tuesday in Washington D.C., demanding that Sen. Chuck Grassley move forward with hearing for justice nominee Merrick Garland.
The group held up signs outside the Supreme Court that read “do your job” and “we need nine.”
Former Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson says Grassley and the Senate should not stall this process.
“President Obama has nominated an exceptionally qualified candidate to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. The Senate must consider that nomination. That has been the practice throughout human history. Senate Republicans, including my home state senator judiciary chair Chuck Grassley, has chosen to play politics instead,” Pederson said.
Pederson is part of the group, Justice Not Politics. Members of that group and other organizations have been signing petitions, holding rallies, and attending town halls in Iowa to urge Grassley to hold hearings.
Grassley said he’ll meet again with the president’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, but don’t expect him to change his stance on holding confirmation hearings.
The senator called Garland Monday night to invite him to a breakfast meeting.
That date has not been set yet.