Posts Tagged ‘Senator Grassley’
Conservative groups Freedomworks, Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council are threatening senators who don’t toe the obstructionist party line on an Obama SCOTUS appointment. Click here to read the entire article.
“The strategy that makes the most sense is to say that there should not be any consideration of this nominee,” Curt Levey, executive director of the FreedomWorks Foundation, said in an interview with TPM.
The pressure he and other groups are putting on lawmakers comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement almost immediately after Scalia’s death, signaling that Republicans would delay the confirmation process, regardless of the nominee, until after a new president has been inaugurated.
“It’s not about any one particular nominee,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the conservative legal organization Judicial Crisis Network, told TPM. “We know exactly the kind of person [Obama] is going to appoint. Getting into those details is just a silly distraction.”
FreedomWorks is preparing to target senators who look like they’ll back down from the fight, while bolstering those who hold to McConnell’s tough initial line.
He said his group sent out an alert to its activists across the country Monday evening that resulted in 14,000 emails to McConnell’s office, and that, aside from email pressure, they are planning events in senators’ home states.
Levey also threatened to primary senators who don’t toe the line.
“In some cases where there are potential primary opponents, we might consider supporting a primary opponent if the senator did not do the right thing,” Levey said.
As Rory Cooper, a GOP strategist, wrote on Medium,[https://medium.com/soapbox-dc/winning-the-supreme-court-media-battle-f92af18cdf2d#.w2kw0oe4e] part of the strategy of denying the Obama administration even a hearing is to prevent the media from focusing on the person instead of the process, and in effect, starving the story of oxygen.
”The very fact that people on our side feel very strongly that there shouldn’t be a hearing before we know the nominee is because it’s not really about the nominee. … Frankly, the real objection here is to Obama.”
Action Alert from Progress Iowa:
For the past six months, Senator Grassley has refused to schedule a nomination hearing for Judge Felipe Restrepo in the Judiciary Committee. He is obstructing the Restrepo nomination despite the Judge’s extensive qualifications, past support in the U.S. Senate, and despite the support he has received from his home-state Senators – one Republican, one Democrat.
Judge Restrepo’s vacancy has now been declared a state of ‘judicial emergency’ — with people needlessly awaiting their day in court because of Senator Grassley’s obstruction.
Senator Grassley promised not to play politics with our courts when taking over chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee; it’s time for him to live up to that promise.
Will you call today and ask Senator Grassley to stop obstructing the Restrepo nomination?
Thanks for all you do,
P.S. Sen. Grassley doesn’t get it, that justice delayed is justice denied. Tell him to stop obstructing the Restrepo nomination today.
Call On Iowa Senators to Wage Peace
by Ed Flaherty
Iran has come to an interim agreement with the U.S. and five other countries to dramatically reduce its nuclear program and to allow even more intensive international inspections. A final agreement is to be complete by June 30.
Congress will soon be debating its role in this matter. Iowa’s senators Grassley and Ernst have, up to this point, expressed not only skepticism about a potential agreement, but have attempted to derail it. They will now have another opportunity to weigh in on it, both in the upcoming debates and in the congressional review of the agreement after June 30. This will be an opportunity for them to get on the right side of history, by supporting an agreement than ensures that Iran will not have the ability to build a nuclear weapon. (Despite the senators’ claims to the contrary, U.S. intelligence agencies have affirmed multiple times in the last decade that there is no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapon program).
The alternative to an agreement will be more sanctions, more distrust and isolation, enhanced conditions for another war. In January, 1991, Senator Grassley voted against the first Gulf War. He was one of only two Republican senators to vote against the Republican president’s request, and it took courage and common sense to do it. Now is the time to ask that he exercise that courage and common sense again and support this historic agreement. His actions would also hopefully have a profound effect on the junior senator from Iowa.
Background checks could get another vote. Click here to contact Chuck so he knows where Iowans stand on this issue.
The gun lobby spent $163,142 on Chuck Grassley. He voted against a reasonable background check proposal to stop gun violence, even though 88% of Iowans support it.
Click here to join Iowans for Gun Safety on Facebook
Last week, Grassley was one of just 22 senators—all Republican men—who voted against reauthorizing VAWA [Violence Against Women Act]. During a town hall meeting in Indianola on Wednesday, a woman asked him to explain his vote. Grassley responded that the legislation is unconstitutional, a belief shared by at least five of his colleagues.
Since the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to a trial among a jury of peers, Grassley reasoned that white men would be deprived of their rights if those who were accused of violence against Native American women had to appear in a tribal court. “On an Indian reservation, it’s going to be made up of Indians, right?” Grassley said. “So the non-Indian doesn’t get a fair trial.” Watch. (click here to read the entire story)
Shameful, disgraceful, sad. Whatever you want to call it, the senators on this list need to be thrown out of office for being the corporate-owned scammers they are, masquerading as representatives of the people.
As Iowans, we are responsible for the way our representatives in congress vote. We elect them and send them to Washington to cast votes for and against policies that have an effect on people’s lives. Grassley (and his fellow Republicans– not a single Democrat) voted against the United Nations adopting global guideline recommendations for treatment of people with disabilities.
See Paul Deaton’s post yesterday for Grassley’s statement.
Here are the 7 Republicans who voted Yea
Think Progress reports:
On April 4, Coca-Cola announced it was ending financial support for [ALEC] the American Legislative Exchange Council, the right-wing group behind “Stand Your Ground” laws and voter suppression efforts.
Now, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is advocating a boycott of the company:
“U might think abt not drinking Coca Cola since company sucombed to pressure fr Leftist not to support ALEC”
The Grassley boycott could be quite extensive. Over the last few weeks, at least 11 other companies — including Pepsi, McDonald’s, and Kraft — announced they were severing ties with ALEC.
In response to the criticism, ALEC announced they were ending all “non-economic” activities. Unfortunately for ALEC, that hasn’t stopped the parade of defections, which most recently includes Blue Cross Blue Shield and Yum! Foods
Coke operates bottling plants in Waukee and Atlantic, Iowa
Last week, the Senate defeated Keystone XL with just two votes to spare. Your senator was there when it counted, ready to stand up to Big Oil’s pressure and reject this dirty tar sands pipeline.
Thank your senator for their courageous vote on Keystone XL, and let them know you’ll have their back in the next battle against Big Oil.
Thank Senator Harkin for Saying NO to Keystone XL
(Grassley voted yea)