The protesters also delivered a petition demanding Senator Grassley hold confirmation hearings when President Obama names a replacement for Justice Scalia.
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The pressure on Senator Chuck Grassley increased today, as groups of Iowa voters converged on all six of the senator's regional state offices, delivering Easter baskets (photo below) containing 7000 copies of Article Two, Section Two of the Constitution, which enumerates the powers of the president, including his responsibility to appoint justices to fill Supreme Court vacancies.
"...he [The President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint. . . Judges of the Supreme Court."
The protesters also handed over a petition with over 7,000 signatures, telling Senator Grassley to "Do your job."
The protesters hope to persuade Senator Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, to follow the Constitution and hold hearings to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Senator Grassley has said he will not even meet with whatever nominee President Obama sends to the Hill, so that the next president - who he hopes will be a Republican - will be the one to replace the ultra-conservative Justice Scalia.
The protesters are a melding of Iowa grass roots organizations, Why Courts Matter, Americans for Democratic Iowa and Progress Iowa, whose members have joined forces to bring voter pressure on Senator Grassley - the kind of pressure politicians find most persuasive.
According to The Hill, Why Courts Matter has been running a telephone campaign, asking voters to call Senator Grassley's office at 202-224-3744 with the "do your job" message. Why Courts Matter also posted the online petition that was delivered today which reads:
"Senator Chuck Grassley is threatening to obstruct any nominee to the Supreme Court made by President Obama, refusing to uphold his constitutional responsibility to advise and consent."
"Add your name to our petition to Senator Grassley. Send him a message that we expect him to do his job as a Senator and as Chair of the Judiciary Committee."