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Senator Chuck Grassley
2015-02-23 17:06:08
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 Theresa Rose on KILJ radio in Mt. Pleasant.� We discussed a variety of topics including: ISIS, immigration, Obamacare, my tax reform survey for Iowans, and human trafficking. *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Q&A: HUD Spending* The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) works with state and local leaders across the country to address homelessness and foster vibrant neighborhoods and communities. As with all taxpayer-financed programs administered by the vast federal bureaucracy, HUD�s fiscal stewardship merits congressional scrutiny. From what I�ve learned through consistent congressional oversight is that HUD programs are not immune to fraud, and the federal agency has been lax in its oversight of where federal dollars flow. *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Tax Reform Survey, 2-10-15.jpg] Fed Up With the Tax Code? Wanted: Your Responses to Tax Survey* Iowa taxpayers are once again in the trenches during tax filing season. Now is a good time to take stock of the confusing pipeline of paperwork and documentation required by the IRS to achieve compliance with the sweeping size and scale of the federal tax code. Many taxpayers say it�s high time to simplify the maze of credits, exemptions, phase-outs and exceptions that make tax compliance too stressful, too burdensome, too costly and too easy for tax cheats to game the system...*Read more [link 4]* [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FBI Whistleblowers, 2-23-15.jpg] FBI Whistleblowers Face Challenges* It seems like whistleblowers face uphill battles in almost all circumstances. Now, a new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that whistleblowers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) face even higher hurdles than whistleblowers elsewhere, including limited protections and long delays in addressing retaliation claims... *Read more* [link 5] � [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Health Insurance, 2-23-15.jpg] Health Care Penalty Delayed, Option Still Denied* After complaints and controversy, the IRS just gave some relief to small business owners facing steep fines under the President�s health care law for doing something helpful for their employees. Several Iowa small business owners contacted me in fear of this penalty. Like business owners all over the country, they didn�t know about it until it was almost too late... *Read more* [link 6] Efforts to End Human Trafficking Highlighted in Judiciary Committee* This week the impact of human trafficking will be front and center for the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which I�m the Chairman. I�ll be chairing a hearing on protecting the victims of human trafficking and the committee will also likely consider legislation to curb human trafficking. The hearing Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee will bring attention to the suffering endured by trafficking victims across the United States and help us identify policy options that will enable trafficking survivors to heal and protect others from becoming victims of this terrible crime. The committee will hear testimony from survivors, victim advocates, and investigators about two human trafficking measures currently before the Committee... *Read more* [link 7] �
February 23, 2015

Keeping in Touch

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

Grassley Direct

Last week I spoke with Theresa Rose on KILJ radio in Mt. Pleasant.  We discussed a variety of topics including: ISIS, immigration, Obamacare, my tax reform survey for Iowans, and human trafficking.
Listen here

Q&A: HUD Spending

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) works with state and local leaders across the country to address homelessness and foster vibrant neighborhoods and communities. As with all taxpayer-financed programs administered by the vast federal bureaucracy, HUD�s fiscal stewardship merits congressional scrutiny. From what I�ve learned through consistent congressional oversight is that HUD programs are not immune to fraud, and the federal agency has been lax in its oversight of where federal dollars flow. Read more

Tell a Friend



Fed Up With the Tax Code? Wanted: Your Responses to Tax Survey

Iowa taxpayers are once again in the trenches during tax filing season. Now is a good time to take stock of the confusing pipeline of paperwork and documentation required by the IRS to achieve compliance with the sweeping size and scale of the federal tax code. Many taxpayers say it�s high time to simplify the maze of credits, exemptions, phase-outs and exceptions that make tax compliance too stressful, too burdensome, too costly and too easy for tax cheats to game the system...Read more



FBI Whistleblowers Face Challenges

It seems like whistleblowers face uphill battles in almost all circumstances. Now, a new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that whistleblowers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) face even higher hurdles than whistleblowers elsewhere, including limited protections and long delays in addressing retaliation claims... Read more

 


Health Care Penalty Delayed, Option Still Denied

After complaints and controversy, the IRS just gave some relief to small business owners facing steep fines under the President�s health care law for doing something helpful for their employees.

Several Iowa small business owners contacted me in fear of this penalty. Like business owners all over the country, they didn�t know about it until it was almost too late... Read more


Efforts to End Human Trafficking Highlighted in Judiciary Committee

This week the impact of human trafficking will be front and center for the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which I�m the Chairman. I�ll be chairing a hearing on protecting the victims of human trafficking and the committee will also likely consider legislation to curb human trafficking.

The hearing Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee will bring attention to the suffering endured by trafficking victims across the United States and help us identify policy options that will enable trafficking survivors to heal and protect others from becoming victims of this terrible crime. The committee will hear testimony from survivors, victim advocates, and investigators about two human trafficking measures currently before the Committee... Read more

 


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