Grassley Direct

I spoke with Sally Hart on KCII radio about Puerto Rico debt reform legislation, Sarah’s Law, the vice presidential selection process and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. 

Q&A: How Washington Spends Your Money

Q. Why does Congress have the power of the purse?
Q. What is the difference between the authorization and appropriations process?

Quick Links

Staff from my Sioux City and Cedar Rapids offices will hold open office hours at locations across northeastern and northwestern Iowa and will be available to take questions, comments and concerns about federal issues from Iowans. 

Following the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State, I'm calling for greater transparency at the FBI regarding its decision not to recommend charges.

As part of my longstanding efforts to hold government agencies accountable and keep federal spending in check, I took to the Senate floor to call on Secretary of Defense Carter to fix the Pentagon’s financial books and make them ready for true auditing. 

It’s estimated that 129 Americans die from drug overdoses each day. This is a human tragedy that’s touched communities of all shapes and sizes in Iowa and across our country. This week, I led the Senate delegation in a bicameral conference committee meeting to hammer out the details of different anti-opioid bills passed by the House and the Senate. The final report, which also includes provisions I pushed for to address meth use in Iowa, cleared the House on Friday, and it’s expected to be considered by the Senate in the upcoming days.

This month marks one year since the senseless shooting of Kate Steinle by a criminal illegal immigrant who was being protected by sanctuary city policies. The Senate this week voted on two measures in honor of Kate and the many others who have been injured or killed at the hands of criminals illegally in the country. Both bills fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance. Earlier this month, I introduced a bill to honor Iowan Sarah Root who was killed by an illegal immigrant in January. 

Following a Judiciary Committee inquiry I led into the Red Cross' response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake that found significant problems, I introduced legislation to provide a key watchdog complete access to Red Cross records. The Red Cross is critical to disaster relief, and the American people rely on the organization to respond when tragedy strikes. Ensuring that money donated to the Red Cross is well-spent is important to maintaining the public’s trust. 

Post of the Week