Grassley Explains SCOTUS Refusal: ‘I’m Here To Do My Job’

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told Iowa reporters Wednesday that he was just doing his job by refusing to advance President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

“Do you think I spend my days wondering about how Chuck Grassley will go down in history? I don’t care if I ever go down in history,” Grassley said, as quoted by The Hill. “I’m here to do my job.”

As of late Tuesday, Grassley had yet to respond to a request for a “consultive” meeting on the high court vacancy from President Barack Obama. Grassley is one of many GOPers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who have said they will refuse to meet with Obama’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier this month at age 79.

“I’ve been a leader on the Judiciary Committee for the last five years, first as ranking member and now as chairman,” Grassley was quoted as saying. “I think Congress has passed more than 320 judges and only disapproved two. So, if I wanted to obstruct, I could obstruct. But I think this proves we haven’t been doing that.”

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Sara Jerde is a newswriter based in New York. Her bylines have appeared in The Star-Ledger, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Columbus Dispatch. She graduated from Ohio University. Send emails to sara@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow her @SaraJerde.
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