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Senator Chuck Grassley
2014-12-01 16:41:20
The Scoop Keeping in Touch* I hope you�ll contact me with questions and comments. *Send a message * [link 1] Grassley Direct* Today I spoke with Cindy Kohlmann on "Voices of the Tri-States" on KDTH radio in Dubuque.� We spoke about a variety of topics including: the agenda for the lame duck session, immigration, the Judiciary Committee, rural health care, the Keystone XL pipeline, and oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Q&A: Free Speech Fosters Free Elections* This fall in the United States Senate, an effort supported by 54 lawmakers would have put free speech on the chopping block.� Exercising the right to vote, a hallmark of our rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens, gives the people a direct line to self-governance.� Dialing back First Amendment rights that help foster an educated citizenry is an assault on a government �of, by and for the people.� *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FCA, fraud, 12-1-14.jpg] False Claims Act: The Little Engine That Could* Holding wrongdoers to account helps to uphold the public trust held by government, recover hard-earned tax dollars lost to fraud and strengthen our system of voluntary tax compliance. A federal law I beefed up nearly three decades ago has helped the U.S. Justice Department recoup nearly $45 billion through the False Claims Act. The law reminds me of the little engine that could. Specifically, my bipartisan 1986 qui tam amendments allow citizens to file suit against wrongdoers on behalf of the U.S. government... *Read more* [link 4] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Adoption, 11-20-14.jpg] Adoption Secures the Blessings of Hope, Home* During this season of thanksgiving, celebrating life�s blessings with family and friends offers Americans a time-treasured ritual observed for generations. Gathering at the table for food and fellowship, we continue customs set forth during colonial times. From our treasured fortunes of freedom, the bounty of America�s harvest, the sacrifices by our men and women in uniform, the work of our nation�s first responders and the dedication of volunteers who give selflessly to help others in need, Americans have countless blessings for which to give thanks... *Read more* [link 5] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/STELA, 12-1-14.jpg] Iowans Keep Access to Satellite TVs* In an end-of-the-year legislative effort, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, my bipartisan legislation that ensures 1.5 million satellite television consumers won�t be deprived of the news they rely on and the television programming they enjoy. The issue at hand was a law, the Satellite Home Viewer Act, which needed to be reauthorized by December 15. If the law were allowed to expire, American households that are only served by satellite television would not have access to their current programming... *Read more* [link 6] Tax Extenders Limbo* Every year or two, Congress has to decide whether to continue more than 50 tax provisions that aren�t permanent law. The so-called tax extenders package is under consideration for the last weeks of the congressional session this year. One of the provisions most often in the headlines is the wind energy production tax credit. That�s critically important to the state of Iowa as a leader in wind energy production. It�s a provision that comes under fire from oil and gas industry interests that refuse to acknowledge the many permanent tax code benefits for fossil fuels even as they attack the wind energy incentive.� Each tax provision should get full consideration on its merits for renewal or removal.� It�s unfair to single out wind energy for criticism while so many other industries quietly benefit from their own sections of the tax code... *Read more* [link 7] �
December 01, 2014

Keeping in Touch

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

Grassley Direct

Today I spoke with Cindy Kohlmann on "Voices of the Tri-States" on KDTH radio in Dubuque.  We spoke about a variety of topics including: the agenda for the lame duck session, immigration, the Judiciary Committee, rural health care, the Keystone XL pipeline, and oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Listen here

Q&A: Free Speech Fosters Free Elections

This fall in the United States Senate, an effort supported by 54 lawmakers would have put free speech on the chopping block.  Exercising the right to vote, a hallmark of our rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens, gives the people a direct line to self-governance.  Dialing back First Amendment rights that help foster an educated citizenry is an assault on a government �of, by and for the people.�
Read more

Tell a Friend



False Claims Act: The Little Engine That Could

Holding wrongdoers to account helps to uphold the public trust held by government, recover hard-earned tax dollars lost to fraud and strengthen our system of voluntary tax compliance. A federal law I beefed up nearly three decades ago has helped the U.S. Justice Department recoup nearly $45 billion through the False Claims Act. The law reminds me of the little engine that could. Specifically, my bipartisan 1986 qui tam amendments allow citizens to file suit against wrongdoers on behalf of the U.S. government... Read more

Adoption Secures the Blessings of Hope, Home

During this season of thanksgiving, celebrating life�s blessings with family and friends offers Americans a time-treasured ritual observed for generations. Gathering at the table for food and fellowship, we continue customs set forth during colonial times. From our treasured fortunes of freedom, the bounty of America�s harvest, the sacrifices by our men and women in uniform, the work of our nation�s first responders and the dedication of volunteers who give selflessly to help others in need, Americans have countless blessings for which to give thanks... Read more

Iowans Keep Access to Satellite TVs

In an end-of-the-year legislative effort, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, my bipartisan legislation that ensures 1.5 million satellite television consumers won�t be deprived of the news they rely on and the television programming they enjoy. The issue at hand was a law, the Satellite Home Viewer Act, which needed to be reauthorized by December 15. If the law were allowed to expire, American households that are only served by satellite television would not have access to their current programming... Read more

Tax Extenders Limbo

Every year or two, Congress has to decide whether to continue more than 50 tax provisions that aren�t permanent law. The so-called tax extenders package is under consideration for the last weeks of the congressional session this year. One of the provisions most often in the headlines is the wind energy production tax credit. That�s critically important to the state of Iowa as a leader in wind energy production. It�s a provision that comes under fire from oil and gas industry interests that refuse to acknowledge the many permanent tax code benefits for fossil fuels even as they attack the wind energy incentive.  Each tax provision should get full consideration on its merits for renewal or removal.  It�s unfair to single out wind energy for criticism while so many other industries quietly benefit from their own sections of the tax code... Read more

 


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