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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 57 items )  

Bost Disaster Assistance Reform Bill Focuses on Len Small Levee Repair
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced bipartisan legislation to better protect inland waterway navigation and address a gap in current law that has stymied efforts to rebuild the Len Small Levee. The Levee Rehabilitation Improvements Act, introduced with Iowa Democrat Abby Finkenauer, would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to weigh navigational benefits when calculating whether or not   more

Carper, Portman, Grassley, Wyden Highlight Findings of GAO Report Ahead of Committee Hearing on Elder Justice
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: * * * - Following Request from Bipartisan Lawmakers, Independent Watchdog Reveals Increase of Abuse in Nursing Homes, Need for Improved Oversight * * * Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (D-Ohio) Ranking Member and Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), along with Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Wash.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Co  more

Chairman Grassley Issues Statement at Hearing to Consider Pending Nominations
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The Senate Finance Committee issued the following statement by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, at a hearing to consider pending nominations: "Today the Finance Committee will hear from four nominees, three nominees to the Treasury Department, and a nominee to the U.S. Tax Court. "Before I give my full statement, I want to recognize the Majority Leader who is with us this morning to introduce one of the nominees. "Thank you Leader McConnell. "This morning we first will  more

Chairmen Johnson, Grassley Continue Push for Answers From Intelligence Community on FBI's Apparent Awareness of Leaks to Media
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to the inspectors general of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to continue their push for answers regarding messages that illustrate the F  more

Chairmen Johnson, Grassley Continue Push for Answers From Intelligence Community on FBI's Apparent Awareness of Leaks to Media
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to the inspectors general of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) today to continue their push for answers regarding messages that illustrate the FBI's apparent awareness of leaks to the media about ongoing investig  more

Committee Passes Carper Amendment to Better Implement Administrative Leave Law, Save Taxpayer Dollars
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) advanced a provision secured by Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), senior Democrat on the committee, that would help the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) better implement the Administrative Leave Act. The bill, first introduced in 2016 by Senators Carper, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), and Jon Tester  more

Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Reinforce Transparency in Wake of Supreme Court FOIA Decision, Regulations
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today, along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Open and Responsive Government Act (S. 2220), to reverse recent developments that undermine the public's right to access information and hold government accountable. The legislation would restore a longstanding legal interpretation of the Freedom of   more

Feinstein, Grassley, Leahy, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Reinforce Transparency in Wake of Supreme Court FOIA Decision and Recent Regulations
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today, along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Open and Responsive Government Act (S. 2220), to reverse recent developments that undermine the public's right to access information and hold government accountable. The legislation would restore a lo  more

Following Visit to Southern Border, Ernst Calls on Congress to Fix Broken Immigration System
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Following her visit to the Texas-Mexico border, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on her Democratic colleagues to step up and work across the aisle to find solutions to the humanitarian crisis at the border. Ernst reiterated the need to secure our border and close the asylum loopholes in our existing immigration laws. Click here (https://youtu.be/DM0TaXRdKOI) ab  more

For the Record: Grassley on Prescription Drug Pricing
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has worked for greater access and affordability of prescription drugs throughout his time in the Senate. His efforts have included aggressive oversight and smart, bipartisan legislation. Whether advocating for increased competition on the prescription drug market, calling for greater transparency across all sectors of the health care system or st  more

GAO Issues Report on Nursing Homes
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on abuse of residents in nursing homes. The report (GAO-19-433) is titled "Nursing Homes: Improved Oversight Needed to Better Protect Residents from Abuse". The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman, and Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security an  more

Grassley Decries Mismanaged Parole for Inadmissible Migrants, Some With Criminal Histories
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Watchdog; DOJ can't track as many as 1,000 prohibited migrants it allowed into United States * * * Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is calling on the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to explain what is being done to better account for inadmissible foreign nationals whom DOJ allowed into the country under its parole authority. DOJ's "significant public benefit parole" (SPB  more

Grassley, Blumenthal Seek Briefing on ICE Solitary Confinement Policies and Challenges
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are seeking information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on the use of solitary confinement following recent allegations of misuse. In a letter today to Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence, the Senators note recent inspector general reports that highlighted deficiencies by some ICE field offices in properly reporting and   more

Grassley, Leahy Reintroduce the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), both former chairmen of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reintroduced legislation to extend whistleblower protection for employees who provide information to the Department of Justice related to criminal antitrust violations. The bill comes as the nation prepares to celebrate National Whistleblower Appreciation Day on July 30. The Criminal Antit  more

Grassley, Leahy, Cornyn, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Reinforce Transparency in Wake of Supreme Court FOIA Decision and Recent Regulations
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today, along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Dianne Feinstein (D-California), introduced the Open and Responsive Government Act (S. 2220), to reverse recent developments that undermine the public's right to access information and hold government accountable. The legislation would restore a longstanding legal interpretation of the Freedom of   more

Grassley, Wyden Announce New Members of Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus, today announced the addition of three new senators to the caucus' ranks. The new members include Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), bringing total membership to fourteen senators. The announcement coincides with the yest  more

Grassley, Wyden Introduce Major Prescription Drug Pricing Reform to Lower Costs for Americans
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Modernizes, Improves Medicare Part B, Part D and Medicaid - Bill Saves Taxpayers More Than $100 Billion, Lowers Medicare Beneficiaries' Out-of-Pocket Costs by $27 Billion and Premiums by $5 Billion, CBO Says - Commercial Market Also Sees Lower Costs * * * Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced a chairman's   more

Grassley: Trump's Actions to Restore Integrity in EB-5 Program is Win for Rural America
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: After years of bipartisan attempts to reform the fraud-laden EB-5 investor visa program stalled in Congress, the Trump administration is implementing new regulations to improve the program for the first time since 1993. Among other reforms, the regulations crack down on a practice that syphons investments away from rural and economically-depressed areas that the program was designed to help. Senator Chuc  more

House Passes Axne-Sponsored Bill to Provide a Lifeline to Struggling Farmers
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan legislation raises the Chapter 12 operating debt cap from $3 million to $10 million * * * Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), to provide a lifeline to Iowa farmers navigating a downturn in the farm economy. The Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 will help Iowa farmers struggling with debt stay in operation by making mo  more

House Small Business Subcommittee Issues Testimony From National Young Farmers Coalition
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The House Small Business subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship issued the following testimony by Jason Grimm, owner of Grimm Family Farm and testified on behalf of the National Young Farmers Coalition and the Eastern Iowa Young Farmers Coalition, at a hearing entitled "Supporting the Next Generation of Agricultural Businesses": "Thank you for this opportunity to share my experiences as a young and beginning farmer. Congresswoman Finken  more

Leahy, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reinforce Transparency in Wake of Supreme Court's FOIA Decision, Regulations
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, issued the following news release: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), along with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), late Tuesday introduced the Open and Responsive Government Act (S. 2220), to reverse recent developments that undermine the public's right to access information and hold government accountable. The legislation would restore a longstanding legal interpretation of the F  more

Leahy, Grassley, Feinstein, Cornyn Raise Concerns About EPA's FOIA Rule
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Ask EPA To Reconsider FOIA Rule Or Provide Sufficient Opportunity For Public Comment And Transition Period * * * Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) - all senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee with exclusive jurisdiction over the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - sent a bipartisan letter to Enviro  more

Rep. Axne Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Child Care Protection
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would create a task force to help states comply with background check requirements for child care workers * * * Following reports of child care violations across Iowa, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) joined Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06) in introducing the Child Care Protection Improvement Act to ensure that all children are placed in safe, quality early care and education settings. This bipartisa  more

Rep. Axne Joins Bipartisan Crop Insurance Caucus
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA-03), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, joined the bipartisan Congressional Crop Insurance Caucus. The caucus will work with stakeholders to organize quarterly educational briefings to help Members of Congress and staff better understand the program, remain aware of current crop insurance issues and build bipartisan support for the farm safety net in Congress. The Cau  more

Rep. Axne: House Passes Axne-Sponsored Bill to Crackdown on Robocalls
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan bill, which Rep. Axne is a co-sponsor of, seeks to protect Iowans against illegal robocalls--An estimated 20.5 million robocalls were made in Iowa last year * * * Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Axne-sponsored legislation to stop illegal and unwanted robocalls. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act will better protect consumers, businesses and vulnerable Iowans from the daily onsl  more

Rep. Finkenauer Chairs Bipartisan Hearing on Next Generation of Agriculture
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) brought a young Iowa farmer to Congress to highlight the unique challenges facing the new generation of Iowa farmers. Finkenauer, who chairs the Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship subcommittee, held a hearing on supporting the next generation of the agriculture business. "Farmers are part of the fabric of our rural communities," said Cong  more

Rep. Finkenauer Introduces Bill to Help Iowa Communities Rebuild Levees
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Levee Rehabilitation Improvements Act ensures navigation benefits considered by Army Corps * * * Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) introduced bipartisan legislation that will help Iowa communities rehabilitate damaged levees. "Overtopped levees from this year's flooding have created major navigation hazards on the Mississippi," said Finkenauer. "This isn't just bad for safe  more

Rep. Finkenauer Looks to Expand Resources for Next Generation of Farmers
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, chairman of the House Small Business subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship, issued the following news release: Today, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship, under Chairwoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) gathered young farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs to discuss the issues that they face and ways that Congress can support them. "The future of o  more

Rep. Finkenauer: House Votes to Provide Relief From Robocalls
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Finkenauer Cosponsored Stopping Bad Robocalls Act * * * Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) voted in favor of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which will help protect Iowans from robocalls. Finkenauer was a cosponsor of the legislation, which passed the House and now must be voted on by the Senate. "Spam robocalls are distracting and interrupt Iowans' daily lives, particularly for our sen  more

Rep. King: Robert Mueller Has Now Exonerated President Trump Twice
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: In this video release, Congressman Steve King discusses Robert Mueller's appearance today before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees. King made his remarks in a Facebook Live video filmed at the conclusion of Mr. Mueller's House testimony. To view Congressman King's remarks click this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyNQrEmOVk0&feature=youtu.be). King explains why Democrats called Muell  more

Sen. Ernst Honors 'Dedicated' and 'Good-Hearted' Men and Women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - On the heels of her visit to the southern border, the Iowa Senator joins her Senate Judiciary Republican colleagues on a resolution commending CBP * * * On the heels of her visit to the Texas-Mexico border--where she met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and agents--U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) joins Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and the Republican m  more

Sen. Ernst Issues Statement on Esper Confirmation as Defense Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the following statement after supporting the confirmation of Mark Esper to serve as Secretary of Defense: The vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan, 90-8. "Secretary Esper's lifetime record of service to his country--from his time as a cadet at West Point, as a member of the Armed Forces, and as Secretary of the Army--make him exceptionally well-qualified  more

Sen. Ernst Visits Texas-Mexico Border
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - The Iowa Senator saw firsthand the humanitarian crisis at the border and reiterated the need for border security and sweeping changes to the broken immigration system * * * U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrapped up a firsthand visit to the Southern Border in McAllen, Texas, including a number of Departmen  more

Sen. Ernst: Let's Move Federal Agencies Out of the 'Swamp' and Closer to the People
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is leading the charge to move federal agency headquarters outside of "swampy" Washington, D.C. and closer to the people most impacted by the agencies' decisions. This comes as the Trump Administration is making strides toward moving departments within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) outside the Beltway and closer to the communities and  more

Sen. Grassle Issues Statement on Committee Passage of Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee passage of the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act, which he co-authored with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon: The bill passed out of committee by a 19-9 vote. "The broad, bipartisan passage of the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act out of the Senate Finance Committee is the first step toward fulfilling a promise that we've all made to the American people - lowering prescri  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Floor Remarks on 'This is Iowa' Campaign
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on the "This is Iowa" Campaign: "At the website "ThisIsIowa.com," you can view a video of people visiting a fake real estate office in New York advertising modern, spacious properties. "You can see the astonishment on the faces of New Yorkers as they are shown beautiful, modern apartments and homes near art museums and award winning restaurants. "The prices and neighborhood amenities seem too good to b  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Floor Remarks on EB-5 Green Card Program
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on the EB-5 green card program: "I want to talk about the new rule that the Department of Homeland Security published in the Federal Register today to finally bring some needed reforms to the EB-5 green card program. "As I mentioned in my remarks on this topic last week, this rule was first proposed in January 2017. Those of us who want to reform the EB-5 program have been waiting two and a half years f  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Floor Remarks on Tax Extenders Benefits, Green Energy
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following floor remarks on tax extenders benefits and green energy: "For the past week there have been ongoing discussions between congressional leadership and the Administration relating to an agreement on budget caps and raising the debt limit. Those discussions produced an agreement that was announced Monday night. "While I understand reaching an agreement was important to ensure th  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Floor Remarks on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news floor remarks on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "USMCA will be a big boon to the American worker. "In my state, one out of four Iowa manufacturing firms export to Canada and Mexico. "Seventy percent of these are small and medium sized businesses. More than 25,400 Iowans depend on manufacturing jobs. "By encouraging auto manufacturers to use more U.S. content and high wage labor, USMCA will help American wo  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks at Hearing on Elder Justice
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following opening remarks at a hearing entitled, "Elder Justice: A Call for Reform": "Today we'll focus on an issue that has affected many families in Iowa and throughout the country: elder justice. Congress has a key role to play in ensuring the protection of our nation's seniors, as about 1 in 10 Americans age sixty or older will fall victim to elder abuse each year. "Many older Amer  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks at Hearing on Treasury, Tax Court Nominations
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following opening remarks at a hearing on treasury and tax court nominations: "This morning, we first will hear from Brent McIntosh, who is nominated to be Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs. This position has a broad portfolio that includes working with many multi-national organizations such as the World Bank and the IMF. "Given this position is related to internationa  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks on Oversight Ahead of Special Counsel Mueller Testimony
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on oversight ahead of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony: "On April 8, 2019, I came to the floor to speak about the end of the Special Counsel's investigation. "Now that Special Counsel Mueller is set to testify tomorrow, I'd like to reiterate several points I made in that speech that I believe are still relevant today. "I noted that the facts show that the real collusion was actually with the   more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks on Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following opening remarks at a markup on the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act: "In 2003, when we first passed the Medicare Modernization Act that I authored in the Senate, our goal was to make the first improvements to the Medicare program in nearly 40 years. "We wanted to give seniors an affordable option that worked like the health insurance they had in the places from which t  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following floor remarks on U.S.-Mexico-Canada manufacturing: "USMCA will be a big boon to the American worker. "In my state, one out of four Iowa manufacturing firms export to Canada and Mexico. "Seventy percent of these are small and medium sized businesses. More than 25,400 Iowans depend on manufacturing jobs. "By encouraging auto manufacturers to use more U.S. content and high wage lab  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement at Hearing on Elder Justice
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following opening remarks at a hearing entitled "Elder Justice: A Call for Reform": "Today we'll focus on an issue that has affected many families in Iowa and throughout the country: elder justice. Congress has a key role to play in ensuring the protection of our nation's seniors, as about 1 in 10 Americans age sixty or older will fall victim to elder abuse each year. "Many older Americans   more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on HUD Initiative to Help Foster Youth
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, issued the following statement on an initiative announced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to target housing assistance to young people aging out of foster care who are at extreme risk of homelessness: "One of the biggest challenges facing older youth who age out of foster care is housing. This initiative will make it easier for former foster youth to acces  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Nomination of Esper
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 23, on the nomination of Mark T. Esper as secretary of Defense: The United States of America has the mightiest military in the world to protect our freedoms and to guarantee peace around the world. That is why it is so important to keep check on the Pentagon's financial ledgers. Taxpayers expect their money to be spent wisely, and it is our job in Congres  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of Esper as Defense Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement regarding the confirmation of Mark Esper as the Secretary of Defense. "Secretary of Defense is a difficult job. Whoever occupies this position oversees the largest and most critical government agency and is responsible for our military readiness and the men and women who serve. "This person also must manage the agency's substantial budget and ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently. "Secr  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Tax Extender Benefits
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following floor remarks on tax extenders benefits: "For the past week there have been ongoing discussions between congressional leadership and the Administration relating to an agreement on budget caps and raising the debt limit. Those discussions produced an agreement that was announced Monday night. "While I understand reaching an agreement was important to ensure the full faith and credi  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Treasury, Tax Court Nominations
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following opening remarks on the nominations of Brent McIntosh to be Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs, Brian Callanan to be Treasury General Counsel, Brian McGuire to be Assistant Treasury Secretary for Legislative Affairs, and Travis Greaves, nominated to a term of 15 years on the U.S. Tax Court: "This morning, we first will hear from Brent McIntosh, who is nominated to be  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on the importance of the passage and enforcement of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Passing USMCA means more market access for our farmers and businesses, and more protections for our workers. "This deal includes new commitments in critical areas such as customs, digital trade, services, environment and labor that are crucial to bringing higher wages and more jobs to American workers. "Of course, enforc  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 22, on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement: Passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement means more market access for our farmers and businesses and more protection for our workers. This agreement includes new commitments in critical areas such as customs, digital trade, services, environment, and labor that are crucial to bringing higher wages a  more

Sen. Grassley: Energy Department Says EPA Issued RFS Exemptions Against DOE Advice
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Contrary to assertions by the EPA, the Energy Department confirmed in a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that the EPA has issued so-called "economic hardship" exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to small refineries, often owned by billion-dollar oil companies, even when the Energy Department found that the refineries faced little or no actual "hardship." In a response to an April  more

Senators Leahy, Grassley, Feinstein, Cornyn Raise Concerns About EPA's FOIA Rule
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, issued the following news release: Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) - all senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee with exclusive jurisdiction over the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler raising serious concerns with the EPA's recent "FOIA Regulations Update"  more

Sens. Cruz, Graham, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Honoring Men, Women of Customs & Border Protection
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) along with fellow members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Kennedy (R-La.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), today introduced a Senate resolution commending th  more

Sens. Roberts, Stabenow Announce Grain Standards Hearing
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a hearing titled, "Perspectives on Reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act." Who: Mr. Brian Linin, Farmer and Member, National Association of Wheat Growers,  more

Sens. Wyden, Grassley Introduce Major Prescription Drug Pricing Reform to Lower Costs for Americans
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: * * * - Bill Saves Taxpayers More Than $100 Billion, Lowers Medicare Beneficiaries' Out-of-Pocket Costs by $27 Billion and Premiums by $5 Billion, CBO Says * * * Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a chairman's mark, the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act (PDPRA) of 2019, to low  more