Key Senator Expresses Concern with Supreme Court

Reflecting on the most recent Supreme Court term, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) this week said that the Court had a “very liberal bent this last term” and “more worrisome, its liberalism derives not from the Constitution but the policy preferences of the Justices.”

In a speech on the Senate Floor, Chairman Grassley lamented the apparently intentional act of the four liberal Justices to vote as a bloc on key cases and the ease by which they seemed to overturn precedent for liberal ends.  He declared, “The Constitution trumps the inconsistent policy choices of the American people enacted through their elected representatives.  That is the rule of law.  But when Justices strike down laws based not on the Constitution, but their own policy preferences, that is the rule of judges.”

Senator Grassley delved into several examples from the recent Court term, including the recent Obergefell v. Hodges ruling on marriage.  He concluded that if the public comes to assume the Court will simply bend to the policy ideals of five Justices, then “the consequences could be serious for our constitutional order.”  He added, “The Supreme Court, like a river flooding its banks, is not staying within its proper channel,” and encouraged the Justices to show self-restraint. 

  • Find the full speech here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: July 31, 2015


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