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Senator Chuck Grassley
2013-08-02 09:44:26
The Scoop Keeping in Touch* I hope you�ll contact me with your questions and comments. *Send a message * [link 1] Grassley Direct* This week, Trent Rice, host of KASI Radio's "Your Turn," asked about finishing my 99 county meetings, the Senate's nuclear option, immigration reform, Whistleblower Appreciation Day, and national security surveillance leaks. *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Q&A: Reforming the Tax Code* If Congress seizes the opportunity to overhaul the federal tax code, I will continue to work for tax fairness, simplicity, and reforms that are comprehensive for both individuals and businesses. *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Blue whistle.jpg] [link 4] Honoring America's Truth-tellers* It was Feb. 19, 1777. The seeds of democracy were just taking root in America. Aboard the warship Warren, 10 sailors who were putting their lives on the line to help win America�s independence also determined it was their patriotic duty to blow the whistle on wrongdoing. Understanding that reporting misconduct against their commanding officer would put their careers and good names at risk, the sailors plunged ahead. With no legal protection or court precedent to shield themselves against reprisal, these brave men ultimately became America�s first whistle-blowers... *Read more* [link 5] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/pink slip.jpg] [link 6] Government Employee Accountability Act* Newly introduced legislation would give the government tougher tools to deal with senior employees who are placed on leave, often with pay, and might continue in limbo indefinitely while the government makes slow progress in processing their cases. A high profile example is Lois Lerner, a senior Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the IRS targeting scandal, who refused to resign and who is on administrative leave from the agency, possibly still with pay... *Read more* [link 7] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Fraud.jpg] [link 8] Welcome Step in Fighting Health Care Fraud* For the first time ever, the federal government just suspended new health care providers [link 9] from joining Medicare and Medicaid in three high-fraud cities. This step is long overdue. It�s something those of us concerned about fraud have urged [link 10] for months. The temporary ban covers new home health care providers in Miami and Chicago. It also covers new ambulance providers in Houston. Home health care and ambulance services have skyrocketed in those areas. According to the Associated Press, the Miami-Dade County area had 662 home health agencies last year... *Read more* [link 11] Whistleblowers Concerned About Immigration Program, Nominee* Over the last 10 days, I�ve had whistleblowers come forward expressing concerns with the EB-5 immigration program and the administration official, Alejandro Mayorkas, who heads the agency in which the program is run. Mr. Mayorkas has been nominated to be the next Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, one of the largest departments in the executive branch. The whistleblowers have two primary concerns. One is that other federal agencies, including the FBI, have raised national security concerns with the approval of several EB-5 regional centers and visas for foreign investors. In fact, documents from whistleblowers appear to show that concerns were raised.... *Read more* [link 12]
August 02, 2013

Keeping in Touch

I hope you�ll contact me with your questions and comments.
Send a message

Grassley Direct

This week, Trent Rice, host of KASI Radio's "Your Turn," asked about finishing my 99 county meetings, the Senate's nuclear option, immigration reform, Whistleblower Appreciation Day, and national security surveillance leaks.
Listen here

Q&A: Reforming the Tax Code

If Congress seizes the opportunity to overhaul the federal tax code, I will continue to work for tax fairness, simplicity, and reforms that are comprehensive for both individuals and businesses.
Read more

Tell a Friend


Honoring America's Truth-tellers

It was Feb. 19, 1777. The seeds of democracy were just taking root in America. Aboard the warship Warren, 10 sailors who were putting their lives on the line to help win America�s independence also determined it was their patriotic duty to blow the whistle on wrongdoing. Understanding that reporting misconduct against their commanding officer would put their careers and good names at risk, the sailors plunged ahead. With no legal protection or court precedent to shield themselves against reprisal, these brave men ultimately became America�s first whistle-blowers...Read more

Government Employee Accountability Act

Newly introduced legislation would give the government tougher tools to deal with senior employees who are placed on leave, often with pay, and might continue in limbo indefinitely while the government makes slow progress in processing their cases. A high profile example is Lois Lerner, a senior Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the IRS targeting scandal, who refused to resign and who is on administrative leave from the agency, possibly still with pay... Read more

Whistleblowers Concerned About Immigration Program, Nominee

Over the last 10 days, I�ve had whistleblowers come forward expressing concerns with the EB-5 immigration program and the administration official, Alejandro Mayorkas, who heads the agency in which the program is run. Mr. Mayorkas has been nominated to be the next Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, one of the largest departments in the executive branch. The whistleblowers have two primary concerns. One is that other federal agencies, including the FBI, have raised national security concerns with the approval of several EB-5 regional centers and visas for foreign investors. In fact, documents from whistleblowers appear to show that concerns were raised.... Read more

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