Here's the Scoop!

Senator Chuck Grassley
2015-02-09 16:47:02
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 Darin Svenson of KDEC radio in Decorah and�Wayne Dominowski of the *Sergeant Bluff Advocate* on my Capitol Hill Report.� During the Q&A, we spoke about a variety of topics including: repealing Obamacare, executive overreach and congressional action, the Renewable Fuel Standard, term limits, and the political climate in Washington. *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Letters, Instagram, and Other Ways to Keep in Touch* Technology has made it even faster and easier to keep in touch. I recently began using the smartphone app, Instagram, to share photos from my #99countymeetings, constituent visits, and other events. I�m excited to use this new platform to communicate with constituents and if you have a smartphone I hope you will follow me at SenatorChuckGrassley. *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/2015 Obama budget, 2-9-15.jpg] Budget Dysfunction Calls for a Sea Change* The President released a nearly $4 trillion budget proposal to Congress in February that would grow the government. America needs to grow the economy. The President says that now is not the time to �trim his sails� but many Americans are asking for Washington to change course and stop sending federal spending into a budgetary red sea. Unfortunately, the President�s budget drops anchor on a tax-and-spend framework that would raise taxes and add to the national debt as far as the eye can see. It also proposes more than $2 trillion in sweeping new taxes and new entitlements...*Read more [link 4]* [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/college education bills, 2-9-15.jpg] Education Bills Hit the Books* Education is the focus of two bipartisan bills I just introduced. One bill makes certain the needs of high ability students are included in federal education policy. Federal education policy tends to overlook high potential students, especially those from underserved communities, including rural areas, or disadvantaged backgrounds. Often these kids aren�t challenged and might even drop out of school, when they could excel with the right encouragement. This bill would give attention to the students who are bright and capable but are in danger of falling through the cracks... *Read more* [link 5] � [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CEG on ABC,EB-5, 2-9-15.jpg] A Possible Legal Gateway for Spies, Terrorists* The problems plaguing our broken immigration system are no secret to many Americans, but most people probably have never heard of one particular immigration program that may be a legal gateway into America for foreign criminals, spies and terrorists. The program, known as EB-5, allows foreign investors to purchase visas for a $500,000 or million dollar �investment� in the U.S. economy... *Read more* [link 6] Freedom of Information Act Protects Public Interest* Bureaucratic stonewalling erects barriers to the public�s right to know. It also undermines our system of checks and balances and weakens the public�s trust in our institutions of government. Let�s remember the genesis of our republic. The government works for the people, not the other way around. Foot-dragging subverts transparency and creates a credibility gap. On his first full day in office, the President issued a memorandum that said �information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset.� Six-plus years later, good government watchdogs still feel like they are hunting for buried treasure. Despite laws designed to foster transparency and protect the public�s right to know, filing a request through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) too often becomes a wild goose chase. Throughout my service in Washington, I�ve vigorously conducted oversight of the executive branch, regardless of who controls Congress or the White House. Open, accountable government is the lifeblood of good government... *Read more* [link 7] �
February 09, 2015

Keeping in Touch

I hope you�ll contact me with questions and comments.
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Grassley Direct

Last week I spoke with Darin Svenson of KDEC radio in Decorah and Wayne Dominowski of the Sergeant Bluff Advocate on my Capitol Hill Report.  During the Q&A, we spoke about a variety of topics including: repealing Obamacare, executive overreach and congressional action, the Renewable Fuel Standard, term limits, and the political climate in Washington.
Listen here

Letters, Instagram, and Other Ways to Keep in Touch

Technology has made it even faster and easier to keep in touch. I recently began using the smartphone app, Instagram, to share photos from my #99countymeetings, constituent visits, and other events. I�m excited to use this new platform to communicate with constituents and if you have a smartphone I hope you will follow me at SenatorChuckGrassley. Read more

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Budget Dysfunction Calls for a Sea Change

The President released a nearly $4 trillion budget proposal to Congress in February that would grow the government. America needs to grow the economy.

The President says that now is not the time to �trim his sails� but many Americans are asking for Washington to change course and stop sending federal spending into a budgetary red sea.

Unfortunately, the President�s budget drops anchor on a tax-and-spend framework that would raise taxes and add to the national debt as far as the eye can see. It also proposes more than $2 trillion in sweeping new taxes and new entitlements...Read more



Education Bills Hit the Books

Education is the focus of two bipartisan bills I just introduced. One bill makes certain the needs of high ability students are included in federal education policy.

Federal education policy tends to overlook high potential students, especially those from underserved communities, including rural areas, or disadvantaged backgrounds. Often these kids aren�t challenged and might even drop out of school, when they could excel with the right encouragement. This bill would give attention to the students who are bright and capable but are in danger of falling through the cracks... Read more

 


A Possible Legal Gateway for Spies, Terrorists

The problems plaguing our broken immigration system are no secret to many Americans, but most people probably have never heard of one particular immigration program that may be a legal gateway into America for foreign criminals, spies and terrorists.

The program, known as EB-5, allows foreign investors to purchase visas for a $500,000 or million dollar �investment� in the U.S. economy... Read more


Freedom of Information Act Protects Public Interest

Bureaucratic stonewalling erects barriers to the public�s right to know. It also undermines our system of checks and balances and weakens the public�s trust in our institutions of government.

Let�s remember the genesis of our republic. The government works for the people, not the other way around. Foot-dragging subverts transparency and creates a credibility gap.

On his first full day in office, the President issued a memorandum that said �information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset.� Six-plus years later, good government watchdogs still feel like they are hunting for buried treasure. Despite laws designed to foster transparency and protect the public�s right to know, filing a request through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) too often becomes a wild goose chase.

Throughout my service in Washington, I�ve vigorously conducted oversight of the executive branch, regardless of who controls Congress or the White House. Open, accountable government is the lifeblood of good government... Read more

 


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