Senator Grassley's Constitution Day Message

Senator Grassley was invited by the Iowa Council for the Social Studies to record a video message for Constitution Day. The video can be viewed below and the text can be viewed here.

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I spoke with Jamie Whitney of the Pocahontas Record Democrat and Brian Fancher of KLMJ Radio about ag industry mergers, the Supreme Court, EpiPen prices, crimes against seniors and elder justice legislation, presidential campaign proposals on family leave and the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Q&A: Elder Justice

Q. How serious is financial exploitation of older citizens in society?

Q. What will your legislation do to prevent these crimes?

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Veterans shouldn’t have a hard time scheduling doctor appointments. I’ve signed on to a bill that would test online appointment scheduling by the patient.  It’s a modern, efficient option that veterans deserve.

I sent a letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson at the Department of Homeland Security with additional concerns about how the EB-5 Foreign Investor Visa program has shifted from its original purpose, leading to rampant abuse and potential national security vulnerabilities. This follows my letter to Senate leadership calling for the Senate to either reform the EB-5 program or let it expire. 

Following the tragic death of 12-year-old Lea Phann of Des Moines in a reckless driving incident late last week, I learned that the driver who caused the accident is in the country illegally. I sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson seeking the driver's immigration history. Secretary Johnson personally called me to provide details and his staff sent a preliminary report on the driver's immigration history. 

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee considered my Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act. The bill was passed without objection and provides expanded education, prevention and prosecution tools to help curb crimes that target seniors.

This week I introduced legislation to make sure foreign state-owned companies don't try to skirt responsibility in U.S. courts by claiming immunity through the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act like a foreign government. We're seeing some state-owned enterprises use this "get-out-of-jail" free card to avoid transparency and accountability through the courts, leaving U.S. companies and consumers holding the bag.

My regional directors for the Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo areas will be holding open office hours at locations across central, southern, northeastern, and northwestern Iowa and will be available to take questions, comments and concerns about federal issues from Iowans.

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