Here's the Scoop!

Senator Chuck Grassley
2014-09-19 15:27:06
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 Vern Bloyd of KOKX Radio in Keokuk and Rae Yost of the *Forest City Summit* on my weekly Capitol Hill Report about ISIS, Ukraine, the current Senate agenda, and the highway bill. *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Q&A on ISIS* A radical group of Islamic extremists operating from the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State), is escalating its terrorist insurgency throughout the volatile region.� ISIS splintered from the terrorist organization al Qaeda and since last year has led an assault on ethnic and religious minorities, seizing control of parts of Iraq and Syria through brutality and sectarian violence. *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/RFS, 9-19-14.jpg] Ethanol, Biodiesel and the EPA* Ethanol and biodiesel are important to Iowa�s economy and U.S. energy independence. It�s frustrating when a powerful agency and top executive branch leaders in Washington, D.C., don�t seem to get it. Midwestern farmers and biofuels makers are watching for the Environmental Protection Agency�s final decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard, which sets the amount of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel that are blended into the nation�s fuel supply... *Read more* [link 4] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Student Visas, 9-19-14.jpg] Student Visa Program Being Exploited* Over the last several years we�ve learned of serious abuse and fraud within the federal government program that provides visas for students who want to study in the United States. It�s become clear that the program is being exploited to gain entry into the United States, and that reforms need to be passed by Congress and implemented. I�ve been a proponent of acting on the flaws in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, and just recently I�ve introduced legislation, the Student Visa Integrity Act, to help reduce fraud and abuse in our student visa programs... *Read more* [link 5] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Constitutional Amendment, 9-19-14.jpg] Protecting Freedom of Speech* The Declaration of Independence states that everyone is endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights that governments are created to protect. The Constitution was adopted to secure the blessings of liberty to Americans. The Bill of Rights was adopted to adequately protect individual freedoms from government power. Other parts of the Constitution foster equality or justice or representative government. But the Bill of Rights is only about individual freedom... *Read more* [link 6] Denying Sexual Assault is a Serious Crime* Heading off to college triggers a range of emotions for students and their families. For students, turning the page on life�s next chapter elicits a mix of pride, excitement, and uncertainty. It�s not an easy transition for parents, either, no matter if campus is across town or a day�s travel away. Parents naturally worry about their children but understandably expect that they�re sending their college-age children into a safe environment. As the first weeks of college get under way, students get caught up in the excitement of their home-away-from-home and so many new opportunities... *Read more* [link 7]
September 19, 2014

Keeping in Touch

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

Grassley Direct

This week I spoke with Vern Bloyd of KOKX Radio in Keokuk and Rae Yost of the Forest City Summit on my weekly Capitol Hill Report about ISIS, Ukraine, the current Senate agenda, and the highway bill.
Listen here

Q&A on ISIS

A radical group of Islamic extremists operating from the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State), is escalating its terrorist insurgency throughout the volatile region.  ISIS splintered from the terrorist organization al Qaeda and since last year has led an assault on ethnic and religious minorities, seizing control of parts of Iraq and Syria through brutality and sectarian violence.
Read more

Tell a Friend



Ethanol, Biodiesel and the EPA

Ethanol and biodiesel are important to Iowa�s economy and U.S. energy independence. It�s frustrating when a powerful agency and top executive branch leaders in Washington, D.C., don�t seem to get it. Midwestern farmers and biofuels makers are watching for the Environmental Protection Agency�s final decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard, which sets the amount of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel that are blended into the nation�s fuel supply... Read more

Student Visa Program Being Exploited

Over the last several years we�ve learned of serious abuse and fraud within the federal government program that provides visas for students who want to study in the United States. It�s become clear that the program is being exploited to gain entry into the United States, and that reforms need to be passed by Congress and implemented. I�ve been a proponent of acting on the flaws in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program... Read more

Protecting Freedom of Speech

The Declaration of Independence states that everyone is endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights that governments are created to protect. The Constitution was adopted to secure the blessings of liberty to Americans. The Bill of Rights was adopted to adequately protect individual freedoms from government power. Other parts of the Constitution foster equality or justice or representative government. But the Bill of Rights is only about individual freedom... Read more

Denying Sexual Assault is a Serious Crime

Heading off to college triggers a range of emotions for students and their families. For students, turning the page on life�s next chapter elicits a mix of pride, excitement, and uncertainty. It�s not an easy transition for parents, either, no matter if campus is across town or a day�s travel away. Parents naturally worry about their children but understandably expect that they�re sending their college-age children into a safe environment. As the first weeks of college get under way, students get caught up in the excitement of their home-away-from-home and so many new opportunities... Read more


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