Here's the Scoop!

Senator Chuck Grassley
2014-12-22 16:52:04
The Scoop Keeping in Touch* I hope you�ll contact me with questions and comments. *Send a message * [link 1] Grassley Direct* Last week I spoke with Brian Fancher of KLMJ radio in Hampton on my Capitol Hill Report.� We spoke about a variety of topics including: my 99-county meetings, the solar and wind energy tax credits, the Sony hacking, relations with Cuba, the Senate Agriculture Committee, and priorities for the Senate Judiciary Committee next year. *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Q&A: 114th Congress* In January the 114th Congress will gavel to order under new leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.� In the New Year, I want the Senate to restore fiscal sanity to the appropriations process.� Iowans rightfully expect lawmakers to do their homework and scrutinize the ins and outs of spending proposals so that taxpayers get the best value for the public services for which they are paying. *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Students Studying.jpg] Juvenile Justice Legislation Gets Boost Before New Congress Convenes* Shortly before the Congress adjourned, I introduced legislation to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Prevention Act. The legislation updates and strengthens protections for young people in the criminal justice system. Juvenile justice programs help prevent at-risk youth from entering the system as well as help youth in the system become valuable members of communities across the country... *Read more* [link 4] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Government Oversight.jpg] Obama's Executive Overreach No Laughing Matter* A recent Saturday Night Live skit tapped into a deep concern among Americans about the President�s excessive use of executive authority. That concern is exacerbated with the reality now better understood that President Obama has largely kept the public from knowing the extent of his unilateral action.� Without a doubt, Presidents have the authority to issue executive orders in various circumstances, constrained by laws and the Constitution.� Yet, in a number of executive orders, President Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers and failed to uphold the law... *Read more* [link 5] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Energy and Environment.jpg] Tax Provisions Become Last Minute Business* Among the last votes of the Senate�s lame duck session this year was extending expired tax provisions. The Senate has this debate every year or two, and sometimes it goes much later than it should have. This was one of those years, despite efforts from many of us to avoid a last minute scramble. The provisions included a series of items for individuals, such as the college tuition deduction and a deduction for teachers who buy classroom supplies out of their own pocket... *Read more* [link 6] Cuba Move is Undeserved Gift* This holiday season, President Obama gave a gift to the Cuban government that has done nothing to deserve it. As it has for decades, the Castro regime continues to repress the fundamental rights of the Cuban people. According to our own Department of State, the authoritarian regime �has severely restricted fundamental freedoms, repressed political opponents, and violated human rights.� There�s been no indication that anything has changed, and so President Obama�s announcement of eased economic and diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba was all carrot and no stick.� The President�s chief argument for easing restrictions is the duration of the restrictions.� He says 50 years is long enough.� But there�s no indication that... *Read more* [link 7] �
December 22, 2014

Keeping in Touch

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

Grassley Direct

Last week I spoke with Brian Fancher of KLMJ radio in Hampton on my Capitol Hill Report.  We spoke about a variety of topics including: my 99-county meetings, the solar and wind energy tax credits, the Sony hacking, relations with Cuba, the Senate Agriculture Committee, and priorities for the Senate Judiciary Committee next year.
Listen here

Q&A: 114th Congress

In January the 114th Congress will gavel to order under new leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  In the New Year, I want the Senate to restore fiscal sanity to the appropriations process.  Iowans rightfully expect lawmakers to do their homework and scrutinize the ins and outs of spending proposals so that taxpayers get the best value for the public services for which they are paying.
Read more

Tell a Friend



Juvenile Justice Legislation Gets Boost Before New Congress Convenes

Shortly before the Congress adjourned, I introduced legislation to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Prevention Act. The legislation updates and strengthens protections for young people in the criminal justice system. Juvenile justice programs help prevent at-risk youth from entering the system as well as help youth in the system become valuable members of communities across the country... Read more

Obama's Executive Overreach No Laughing Matter

A recent Saturday Night Live skit tapped into a deep concern among Americans about the President�s excessive use of executive authority. That concern is exacerbated with the reality now better understood that President Obama has largely kept the public from knowing the extent of his unilateral action.  Without a doubt, Presidents have the authority to issue executive orders in various circumstances, constrained by laws and the Constitution.  Yet, in a number of executive orders, President Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers and failed to uphold the law... Read more

Tax Provisions Become Last Minute Business

Among the last votes of the Senate�s lame duck session this year was extending expired tax provisions. The Senate has this debate every year or two, and sometimes it goes much later than it should have. This was one of those years, despite efforts from many of us to avoid a last minute scramble. The provisions included a series of items for individuals, such as the college tuition deduction and a deduction for teachers who buy classroom supplies out of their own pocket... Read more

Cuba Move is Undeserved Gift

This holiday season, President Obama gave a gift to the Cuban government that has done nothing to deserve it. As it has for decades, the Castro regime continues to repress the fundamental rights of the Cuban people. According to our own Department of State, the authoritarian regime �has severely restricted fundamental freedoms, repressed political opponents, and violated human rights.� There�s been no indication that anything has changed, and so President Obama�s announcement of eased economic and diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba was all carrot and no stick.  The President�s chief argument for easing restrictions is the duration of the restrictions.  He says 50 years is long enough.  But there�s no indication that... Read more

 


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