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I spoke with Mike Peterson of KMA Radio and Wayne Dominowski of the Sergeant Bluff Advocate in my weekly Capitol Hill Report about the recent surge in price of the EpiPen, the payments to Iran, Turkey’s recent involvement in the Syrian conflict, and alternative fuels and their environmental impact.

Q&A: EpiPen Sticker Shock with Senator Grassley

Q. With regards to your look into drug pricing, why should the federal government ask questions about a private company's pricing strategy?
Q. What are you looking to achieve with your look into the EpiPen pricing controversy?

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I heard from foster youth, birth parents, foster parents and service providers at a foster youth roundtable in Cedar Rapids. I am working to pass legislation to prevent youth from entering foster care, focusing on strengthening the family and supporting kin who care for their relatives. The legislation, known as the Family First Prevention Services Act, includes several of my initiatives, including one to help older youth who age out and transition to adulthood and another that extends a program to help families who struggle with substance abuse. 

I will hold my 99th county meeting in 2016 in Anamosa this coming Thursday. This marks the conclusion of another year in my long-standing tradition of holding meetings in every county at least once each year since I was first elected to serve in the U.S. Senate.  

The seed and chemical industries are critical to agriculture and the nation’s economy, yet a trend in mergers within these industries has raised concerns about rising operating costs in an already strapped ag economy.  I'm convening a Judiciary Committee hearing in the coming weeks to examine this trend in consolidation of the seed and chemical industries, and the proposed mergers currently under review by antitrust regulators.

My regional director for the Sioux City area will be holding open office hours at locations across northwestern Iowa and will be available to take questions, comments, and concerns about federal issues from Iowans.

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