Here's the Scoop!

Senator Chuck Grassley
2014-07-24 06:45:20
The Scoop Keeping in Touch* I hope you�ll contact me with questions and comments. *Send a message * [link 1] Grassley Direct* This week I spoke with Cindy Kohlmann on KDTH in Dubuque about Russia, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the border crisis, big oil, FBI whistleblowers, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, the cellphone unlocking bill, and the highway bill. *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Q&A on Checks and Balances* The Founders purposefully crafted the separation of powers, dividing authority among the executive, legislative and judicial branches to create an accountable system of checks and balances to curb government overreach. The separation of powers is not an optional theory of our system of self-government. It is an explicit framework that preserves freedom and liberty and protects our rights and representation. *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Prescription drug cost, 7-23-14.jpg] The $1,000 Pill* A new drug for Hepatitis C is drawing attention, both for its treatment potential and its price for patients.� The drug, called Sovaldi, costs $1,000 per pill, $84,000 for a standard treatment.� Under one analogy, losing an expensive pill is like dropping a diamond down the sink.� Treatments for complicated cases might cost more than $84,000... *Read more* [link 4] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FBI Whistleblowers2, 7-23-14.jpg] Secret Retaliation Methods at the FBI* Several weeks ago, three female whistleblowers came to me alleging gender discrimination and whistleblower retaliation at the FBI. I brought up the allegations with the FBI Director, James Comey, who happened to be appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee where I�m the Ranking Member. Since I brought this up with Director Comey, five additional FBI whistleblowers have come forward. Each of the whistleblowers has expressed similar concerns of discrimination and retaliation... *Read more* [link 5] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/EPA, 7-23-14.jpg] The EPA and Agriculture* Over the last several weeks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tried to make the hard sell for rules it�s trying to make directly impacting agriculture.� No question the Obama administration has a poor track record with agricultural interests on any number of issues like the disclosure of producer information [link 6], spilled milk [link 7] and fugitive dust [link 8].� On July 9, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy tried to make the case in Missouri, but ended up stoking the fires with her comments [link 9]... *Read more* [link 10] Is Big Oil Bullying Biofuels?* Almost a year ago I, along with Senator Amy Klobuchar, wrote to the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission asking the agencies to investigate possible anticompetitive practices by oil companies that limit consumers� access to homegrown renewable fuels. The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department said that they would look into the allegations, but the agencies haven�t responded further� Fast forward a year.� Just last week Senator Klobuchar and I forwarded to the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission a comprehensive analysis from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) detailing how some oil companies block the sale of renewable fuels... *Read more* [link 11]
July 24, 2014

Keeping in Touch

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

Grassley Direct

This week I spoke with Cindy Kohlmann on KDTH in Dubuque about Russia, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the border crisis, big oil, FBI whistleblowers, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, the cellphone unlocking bill, and the highway bill.
Listen here

Q&A on Checks and Balances

The Founders purposefully crafted the separation of powers, dividing authority among the executive, legislative and judicial branches to create an accountable system of checks and balances to curb government overreach. The separation of powers is not an optional theory of our system of self-government. It is an explicit framework that preserves freedom and liberty and protects our rights and representation.
Read more

Tell a Friend



The $1,000 Pill

A new drug for Hepatitis C is drawing attention, both for its treatment potential and its price for patients.  The drug, called Sovaldi, costs $1,000 per pill, $84,000 for a standard treatment.  Under one analogy, losing an expensive pill is like dropping a diamond down the sink.  Treatments for complicated cases might cost more than $84,000... Read more

Secret Retaliation Methods at the FBI

Several weeks ago, three female whistleblowers came to me alleging gender discrimination and whistleblower retaliation at the FBI. I brought up the allegations with the FBI Director, James Comey, who happened to be appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee where I�m the Ranking Member. Since I brought this up with Director Comey, five additional FBI whistleblowers have come forward. Each of the whistleblowers has expressed similar concerns of discrimination and retaliation... Read more

The EPA and Agriculture

Over the last several weeks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tried to make the hard sell for rules it�s trying to make directly impacting agriculture.  No question the Obama administration has a poor track record with agricultural interests on any number of issues like the disclosure of producer information, spilled milk and fugitive dust.  On July 9, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy tried to make the case in Missouri, but ended up stoking the fires with her comments... Read more

Is Big Oil Bullying Biofuels?

Almost a year ago I, along with Senator Amy Klobuchar, wrote to the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission asking the agencies to investigate possible anticompetitive practices by oil companies that limit consumers� access to homegrown renewable fuels. The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department said that they would look into the allegations, but the agencies haven�t responded further  Fast forward a year.  Just last week Senator Klobuchar and I forwarded to the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission a comprehensive analysis from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) detailing how some oil companies block the sale of renewable fuels... Read more


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