Temperature rises on Grassley as SCOTUS fight escalates

supreme-court-of-the-united-states-sealIowans are going to start hearing a lot more about U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s prominent role in the fight over the nomination of the next U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Grassley, Iowa’s senior senator and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has refused to consider a court nomination from incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama, a position widely supported by Republicans in Washington but sharply criticized by Democrats.

He formalized that refusal on Tuesday, with a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, in which he said his committee would not even hold hearings on an Obama nominee and delay consideration of a new justice until a new president takes office in 2017.

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