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Senator Chuck Grassley
2015-01-13 15:18:46
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, host of "Voices of the Tri-States" on KDTH radio in Dubuque. We spoke about a variety of topics including: changes in the Senate, Obamacare reform, the federal budget, immigration, the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Keystone XL pipeline, ethanol, cameras in the federal courts, the Obama Administration's drug policy, and the President's proposal regarding community colleges. *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Q&A: Medicare Advisory Panels* The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains a slew of unpopular provisions that will figure prominently on the radar screen of the 114th Congress. Too many Americans have experienced costly consequences of this partisan overhaul of America�s health insurance system. The new Congress has an opportunity and an obligation to the taxpaying public to tackle this unfair and overreaching law. *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Chairman of Judiciary Committee, 1-12-15.jpg] Leading the Senate Judiciary Committee* Last week, the Senate convened for the 114th Congress. It�s a new year with new commitments to being the deliberative body that the founders intended. On Thursday, I was officially voted to be the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I�ve served on the Judiciary Committee since first being elected to the Senate.� It�s a committee with broad jurisdiction over policy as well as oversight of many parts of the federal government within agencies such as the departments of Justice and Homeland Security... *Read more* [link 4] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Keystone Pipeline, 1-12-15.jpg] Keystone XL Pipeline Bottlenecked Yet Again* The new Congress was barely under way when the White House threatened to veto a bipartisan bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline if Congress passes it soon, as intended. This was a demoralizing message to send when a new year offers a fresh start for productive discussions between Congress and the White House, and when the Keystone XL project has been years in the making and studied from every angle. The only hold-up at this point is the federal government... *Read more* [link 5] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Cell phone simulators, 1-12-15.jpg] Scrutinizing New Law Enforcement Technology* Cell site simulators are law enforcement tools that mimic cellular phone towers. They use technology to get surrounding mobile phones to respond to them, bypassing the nearest tower and seizing the serial number from each phone. Reports have indicated that it is also possible to use them to obtain the content of emails and text messages. Senator Patrick Leahy, the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, and I are asking the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, about law enforcement�s use of this technology... *Read more* [link 6] Ease Obamacare, Help the Unemployed* The federal government releases a monthly employment report. The report shows the number of jobs created in the prior month and the national unemployment rate. Also included is the number of long-term unemployed Americans � the people who have been jobless for 27 weeks or longer. The latest report shows the number long-term unemployed at 2.8 million Americans, accounting for 31.9 percent of the unemployed. That number is much too high. Our economy won�t be where it should be until we address this problem.� Every American willing and able to work should have opportunities in our economy.� The government should encourage job creation where it can and get out of the way where it hurts rather than helps... *Read more* [link 7] �
January 13, 2015

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, host of "Voices of the Tri-States" on KDTH radio in Dubuque. We spoke about a variety of topics including: changes in the Senate, Obamacare reform, the federal budget, immigration, the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Keystone XL pipeline, ethanol, cameras in the federal courts, the Obama Administration's drug policy, and the President's proposal regarding community colleges.
Listen here

Q&A: Medicare Advisory Panels

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains a slew of unpopular provisions that will figure prominently on the radar screen of the 114th Congress. Too many Americans have experienced costly consequences of this partisan overhaul of America�s health insurance system. The new Congress has an opportunity and an obligation to the taxpaying public to tackle this unfair and overreaching law.
Read more

Tell a Friend



Leading the Senate Judiciary Committee

Last week, the Senate convened for the 114th Congress. It�s a new year with new commitments to being the deliberative body that the founders intended.

On Thursday, I was officially voted to be the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I�ve served on the Judiciary Committee since first being elected to the Senate.  It�s a committee with broad jurisdiction over policy as well as oversight of many parts of the federal government within agencies such as the departments of Justice and Homeland Security... Read more



Keystone XL Pipeline Bottlenecked Yet Again

The new Congress was barely under way when the White House threatened to veto a bipartisan bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline if Congress passes it soon, as intended.

This was a demoralizing message to send when a new year offers a fresh start for productive discussions between Congress and the White House, and when the Keystone XL project has been years in the making and studied from every angle. The only hold-up at this point is the federal government... Read more


Scrutinizing New Law Enforcement Technology

Cell site simulators are law enforcement tools that mimic cellular phone towers. They use technology to get surrounding mobile phones to respond to them, bypassing the nearest tower and seizing the serial number from each phone. Reports have indicated that it is also possible to use them to obtain the content of emails and text messages.

Senator Patrick Leahy, the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, and I are asking the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, about law enforcement�s use of this technology... Read more


Ease Obamacare, Help the Unemployed

The federal government releases a monthly employment report. The report shows the number of jobs created in the prior month and the national unemployment rate. Also included is the number of long-term unemployed Americans � the people who have been jobless for 27 weeks or longer.

The latest report shows the number long-term unemployed at 2.8 million Americans, accounting for 31.9 percent of the unemployed. That number is much too high. Our economy won�t be where it should be until we address this problem.  Every American willing and able to work should have opportunities in our economy.  The government should encourage job creation where it can and get out of the way where it hurts rather than helps... Read more

 


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