Here's the Scoop!

Senator Chuck Grassley
2015-03-23 17:25:53
The Scoop Keeping in Touch* I hope you�ll contact me with questions and comments. *Send a message * [link 1] Grassley Direct* This morning I spoke with Jim Fisher on WOC radio in Davenport.� We talked in depth about two important pieces of legislation before the U.S. Senate right now: a human trafficking bill and the budget for fiscal year 2016.� *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Q&A: H-1B Visas* An H-1B visa is a temporary, employment-based visa status for skilled foreign guest workers.� Enhancing and expanding avenues for people to enter the country legally deserves support.� However, increasing this visa program requires careful scrutiny. Evidence of program abuse shows that large outsourcing companies are exploiting these visa programs at the expense of American workers and muscling out smaller U.S. tech companies from participating at all in the programs. *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Budget, 3-23-15.jpg] Marching Away from Madness* You know March Madness has arrived when a large share of Americans are checking on their NCAA brackets and checking off their tax returns. Traditionally, it�s also the season when Congress gets in the zone to hammer out tax and spending policies for the next federal budget. It�s the big dance in Washington. Key constituencies have big interest in the outcome, like fans rooting for their home team. But unlike the NCAA tournament, the federal budget is not a game even though irresponsible spending arguably creates winners and losers... *Read more [link 4]* [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Red Meat, 3-23-15.jpg] The Beef with the Dietary Recommendations* We all know what the food pyramid looks like: two to three servings of dairy a day, two to four servings of fruit, minimal sweets. But, the food pyramid you know may soon be missing a vital building block -- red meat. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) review the guidelines for what is considered to be a healthy diet... *Read more* [link 5] � [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Breast Cancer, 10-9-14.jpg] Working to End Breast Cancer* My wife Barbara is a 28-year breast cancer survivor. The issue is personal to me, but really, it�s personal to all of us. An estimated 232,670 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed and an estimated 40,000 deaths from the disease occurred in 2014, according to the National Cancer Institute. An estimated 2,899,726 women were living with breast cancer in the United States in 2011... *Read more* [link 6] Keeping the U.S. Marshals Service Accountable* Recent tips to my office revealed questionable behavior by high ranking employees at the U.S. Marshals Service, the nation�s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In one instance, Kimberly Beal, the deputy assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Division, allegedly influenced her staff to hire an unqualified person, who had been recommended by the U.S. Marshals Service director, for a highly-paid contract position. This was allegedly done in an effort to curry favor with the director, who was considering Beal for a promotion. Beal was indeed promoted to assistant director�the division�s top official. While in this position, she allegedly allowed the office to purchase lavish and unnecessary office furnishings, like custom wall paper and window treatments, using money from the Asset Forfeiture Fund, which is intended to cover certain program and investigation expenses at the Justice Department... *Read more* [link 7] �
March 23, 2015

Keeping in Touch

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

Grassley Direct

This morning I spoke with Jim Fisher on WOC radio in Davenport.  We talked in depth about two important pieces of legislation before the U.S. Senate right now: a human trafficking bill and the budget for fiscal year 2016. 
Listen here

Q&A: H-1B Visas

An H-1B visa is a temporary, employment-based visa status for skilled foreign guest workers.  Enhancing and expanding avenues for people to enter the country legally deserves support.  However, increasing this visa program requires careful scrutiny. Evidence of program abuse shows that large outsourcing companies are exploiting these visa programs at the expense of American workers and muscling out smaller U.S. tech companies from participating at all in the programs. Read more

Tell a Friend



Marching Away from Madness

You know March Madness has arrived when a large share of Americans are checking on their NCAA brackets and checking off their tax returns. Traditionally, it�s also the season when Congress gets in the zone to hammer out tax and spending policies for the next federal budget.

It�s the big dance in Washington. Key constituencies have big interest in the outcome, like fans rooting for their home team. But unlike the NCAA tournament, the federal budget is not a game even though irresponsible spending arguably creates winners and losers... Read more



The Beef with the Dietary Recommendations

We all know what the food pyramid looks like: two to three servings of dairy a day, two to four servings of fruit, minimal sweets. But, the food pyramid you know may soon be missing a vital building block -- red meat.

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) review the guidelines for what is considered to be a healthy diet... Read more

 


Working to End Breast Cancer

My wife Barbara is a 28-year breast cancer survivor. The issue is personal to me, but really, it�s personal to all of us.

An estimated 232,670 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed and an estimated 40,000 deaths from the disease occurred in 2014, according to the National Cancer Institute. An estimated 2,899,726 women were living with breast cancer in the United States in 2011... Read more


Keeping the U.S. Marshals Service Accountable

Recent tips to my office revealed questionable behavior by high ranking employees at the U.S. Marshals Service, the nation�s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In one instance, Kimberly Beal, the deputy assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Division, allegedly influenced her staff to hire an unqualified person, who had been recommended by the U.S. Marshals Service director, for a highly-paid contract position. This was allegedly done in an effort to curry favor with the director, who was considering Beal for a promotion.

Beal was indeed promoted to assistant director�the division�s top official. While in this position, she allegedly allowed the office to purchase lavish and unnecessary office furnishings, like custom wall paper and window treatments, using money from the Asset Forfeiture Fund, which is intended to cover certain program and investigation expenses at the Justice Department... Read more

 


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