New Website to answer the question: Is Chuck Grassley Doing His Job?

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition today launched a new site,, in the ongoing effort to inform Iowans about Senator Grassley’s unprecedented obstruction of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. On a daily basis, the site will provide up to date research detailing whether Senator Grassley is doing his job as Senate Judiciary Chair, or whether he continues to fail to hold a hearing in his committee.

“Iowans are frustrated with Senator Grassley’s unprecedented obstruction and deserve to know whether he’s doing his job,” said Chris Schwartz, state director of Americans for Democratic Action – Iowa and Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition member. “ will provide accurate and up to date information about whether Senator is listening to the will of the people, who want to move the process forward, or whether he will still refuse to do his job.”

According to the Senate Historian, no Supreme Court nominee has ever been denied a confirmation hearing unless the nominee voluntarily withdrew from consideration. It has been 48 days since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. By comparison, when Scalia was nominated, his hearings began 42 days after his nomination; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s hearings began just 36 days after she was nominated.

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition is focused on ensuring that the federal judiciary is representative of America’s diverse population and ending the judicial vacancy crisis so that every American can have his or her day in court. Why Courts Matter Iowa is led by Iowa Citizen Action Network, Americans for Democratic Action Iowa, Progress Iowa, and One Iowa.

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“The Senate historian reports that no Supreme Court nominee has ever been denied a confirmation hearing, unless he or she has voluntarily withdrawn from consideration.”