Sen. Grassley, Ernst host reception for Iowans on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) Hundreds from the Hawkeye State are in our nation's capital for Spring Break, and some of those visitors are getting valuable face time with both of Iowa's senators.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) mingled with Iowans on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning.

"Our kids are on spring break, so we wanted to do something special. We really wanted to visit our representatives here in DC," said Nicki Varble of Urbandale.

Varble and her family say Tuesday's winter storm didn't spoil their plans.

"The weather hasn't been bad here, at least not for us Iowans," Varble said.

Iowans from all across the state came out to speak their minds on a variety of issues.

"I came here to talk to the senators about healthcare and flexible workplaces," said Mark Hudson of Cedar Rapids.

"The RFS means a lot to farmers and the Iowa Farm Bureau," said Jacob Handsaker of Radcliffe.

It's been an educational trip for Tonya Gray and her three kids, visiting from Mason City.

"The best part is just getting the kids to experience history and learn more and become more enthusiastic about the political process," Gray said.

Just weeks ago, both of Iowa's senators faced angry crowds at town halls across the state, but the mood here was much more civil, even as constituents asked pointed questions about health care and Judge Grouch’s upcoming confirmation hearing.

Sen. Grassley will be playing a major role in that confirmation hearing as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

"A lot of people that didn't want Republican president appointing someone to fill the Supreme Court, are going to be awful surprised and find it very difficult to vote against him," Grassley explained. "I think there will probably be a partisan vote coming out of my committee. But, I believe it will be a bipartisan vote on the floor of the United States Senate."

Judge Gorsuch's confirmation hearing begins on Monday, March 20. Grassley says he hopes the Senate will confirm him by April 8.