By the end of this week, President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, will have met with 40 U.S. senators, including 10 Republicans.
But there is still one meeting he can't schedule -- a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to Garland or anyone the president might not nominate to the high court.
Grassley says the next president should choose the replacement for Antonin Scalia because of the so-called "Biden Rules" that state a Supreme Court nomination shouldn't be made during an election year.
He says his blockade is not due to personal political feelings, but he told an anti-abortion group the opposite Tuesday.
"I believe it is vitally important that we don’t have another liberal Supreme Court Justice whose world view is that the Constitution is a living, breathing document,” Grassley said. “I can’t overstate what is at stake here. We know if another liberal is nominated to the Court that even the reasonable restrictions on abortion, that have been enacted into law through the Democratic process ... these would be swept away. You heard that in the quotation from candidate [Hillary] Clinton. You all remember that a few years ago, the Court upheld the ban on partial-birth abortion by a 5 to 4 vote. Amazingly, four justices would’ve made partial birth abortion a constitutional right. So, you can multiply or add or subtract, we’re just one justice away from that being the case."
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