News From Senator Grassley

Senator Charles Grassley is defending his party’s refusal to consider a U.S. Supreme Court nominee saying he doesn’t care if he even shows up in the history books much less whether he’s viewed favorably as chairman of the powerful judiciary committee.

Grassley was defensive when peppered on a conference call with reporters Wednesday with questions about plans to block President Barack Obama’s nominee.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid says Grassley will be remembered as the most obstructive judiciary chairman in history for being the first to refuse a Supreme Court nominee hearing.

Grassley says he and fellow Republicans believe voters deciding on a president this November should get a say in who replaces Justice Antonin Scalia who died unexpectedly on Feb. 13 in Texas.