Six rallies took place across the state urging the lawmaker to move forward with hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland
Small business owners from across the Hawkeye State joined concerned citizens and activists to call on the Senate to end their obstruction and move forward with the process to fill the seat vacated by Antonin Scalia upon his passing in February.
President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, but we have seen an unprecedented contempt from GOP Senate leaders and an outright refusal to move forward with the consideration process. Garland, a moderate who has garnered support from Republicans and Democrats in the past, hasn’t been granted customary sit down meetings with Senate leadership and all signs point to his nomination being ignored.
Those leaders objecting to Garland moving forward in the process claim that President Obama’s term is too near it’s end, and the onus should fall on his replacement. At the time of the nomination, President Obama had over 300 days left in his term when, on average, Supreme Court vacancies are filled within 55 days.
Residents and business owners in Des Moines, Waterloo, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Davenport and Cedar Rapids gathered to ask that their Senator, Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, do his job and proceed with the consideration and nomination process despite his objections.
Lance Coles, of Lance Coles Photography, said that he participated because he knows that a dysfunctional court system makes for a dysfunctional government and economy. Ron Dinsdale, of Midvale Pinacotheca, showed up in support because day in and day out, he does his job, and he thinks that Senator Grassley should do his job, too. One rally featured a banner printed by Main Street Alliance of Iowa member John Bartlett, who owns and operates iWork&Play.
Iowa-based Main Street Alliance members will continue to call on their Senator and other leaders to move forward with the nomination process until the vacancy on the Supreme Court is filled.