Senator Chuck Grassley has joined a bipartisan effort, pushing for the U.S. Supreme Court to provide “live audio coverage” of two landmark rulings that could be issued as soon as tomorrow.
The nation’s highest court will soon rule whether some of the federal subsidies awarded under the Affordable Care Act may continue and the court is set to decide a same-sex marriage case.
Grassley has signed on to a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, asking Roberts to make audio of these “landmark cases” available to the public. Grassley says the move would “contribute to the public’s understanding of America’s judicial system” and “inspire greater faith” in it.
Grassley is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and, since 1999, he’s been an advocate of allowing cameras in the federal courts.
The U.S. Supreme Court first released audio recordings of oral arguments in case that decided the contested 2000 presidential election. Grassley and a Democratic senator from New York had pressed the chief justice to take that step.
Today, 15 members of the House and Senate joined Grassley in signing the letter asking the chief justice to make audio available on these watershed cases.