DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's now been 125 days since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court but there's still no hearing in the Senate, which is a record.
With chants of "do your job" and a mock trophy being presented for what protesters are calling a dubious achievement, a rally in downtown Des Moines was held to call out Senator Grassley for refusing to hold a nomination hearing for Garland, saying it's been long enough.
"125 days, he`s avoided it," said Julie Stauch. "That`s clearly not doing his job, especially when we now know that he`s now set a record for the number of days of avoidance."
Senator Grassley's office is calling the rallies a political stunt by opponents of allowing Iowans to have a voice in the debate to determine the direction of the country and the Supreme Court.
In a statement pointing to the upcoming presidential election in the fall, Senator Grassley said, "It makes no sense to drag a nominee through what would likely be a highly contentious process that would be bad for the country and bad for the court."
But Matt Sinovic says the process doesn't have to be contentious.
"As a Senator and as the Judiciary Chair, Senator Grassley has the ability to make this process whatever he wants it to be," said Sinovic. "I mean as a leader in the Senate and as the Chairman of the Committee, he has the ability to take politics out of it."
The protesters say all they're asking for is an up or down vote.
"You know, we`re not saying that the Senator has to vote for this Supreme Court Justice," said Sue Dinsdale. "We`re saying as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he has the obligation to put the nominee forward."
The last time a nominee to the Supreme Court went this long without having a hearing was in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis Brandeis.