The Scoop: End of the Government Shutdown, FBI Text Messages, Farm Subsidy Programs

Senator Chuck Grassley
2018-01-27 07:10:25
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I held my weekly phone call with Iowa radio networks and discussed the unnecessary government shutdown and DACA.  

Q&A: 5 Things Farmers Need to Watch in 2018

Q. What are five things farmers ought to watch in 2018?
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What are your legislative and oversight priorities relative to these five issues?

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It’s a shame it took three days and millions in wasted taxpayer dollars for common sense to prevail, but I’m glad the government re-opened. Millions of families with kids who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program now know it will be extended for six years and our men and women in uniform, who give so much to our country, won't have to worry about their next paycheck. 

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I pressed the FBI for answers about a series of questions raised by recently produced text messages exchanged between FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. I also asked the Justice Department internal watchdog why the FBI did not preserve five months of those text messages. The text messages that were provided raise serious concerns about the impartiality of senior leadership running both the Clinton and Trump investigations. 

In an op-ed, I describe making a promise to Iowa farmers and all American taxpayers on the floor of the Senate four years ago to never give up the fight to reform farm subsidy programs. Opportunity is again knocking on the Senate’s door, and I will again answer by presenting commonsense reforms, such as enacting payment limits for farm subsidies, maintaining effective crop insurance programs and modernizing the Conservation Reserve Program. As Congress begins negotiating a new Farm Bill, I will keep pushing for reforms that provide assistance to those who truly need help. 

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. About 13,200 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2018 and more than 4,100 will die of the disease. In Iowa alone, 110 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. My wife Barbara wrote an op-ed to discuss six important things people should know about cervical cancer. Barbara is a 30-year breast cancer survivor and knows firsthand the importance of going in for screenings. You can read her op-ed here

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