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I spoke with AJ Taylor of KIOW radio in Forest City and Chris Vrba of the Pocahontas Record-Democrat about immigration policy, Farm Bill developments, conservation expansion, Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and tax reform. 

Q&A: American Red Cross

Q. Why do you keep close tabs on the American Red Cross?
Q. Are you concerned the Red Cross has lost credibility with the public?

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Though President Obama's action to shield certain unauthorized immigrants from deportation, commonly known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or "DACA," may have been well-intentioned, the program was created by executive edict rather than by Congress as the Constitution requires. Because of the numerous legitimate legal challenges to the program, President Trump has asked Congress to sort it out. Next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee, which I lead, will hold a hearing on this issue to begin discussions in the Senate. Any solution we come up with will need to be a compromise that addresses the status of those who have been unlawfully brought to this country and upholds the rule of law. 

Senator Joni Ernst and I sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for the Senate to remain in session during the scheduled one-week October state work period to continue working on critical issues facing the American people. Much of this fall will be consumed by deliberations over the National Defense Authorization Act, disaster relief, the debt ceiling, appropriations and reauthorizing programs that are set to expire at the end of the month. 

led the Senate Judiciary Committee’s tenth nomination hearing of the year to consider four highly qualified federal judicial nominees and the nominee to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division. It’s important that the federal government is properly staffed to best serve the American people. I’ll continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to prevent any unnecessary delays in this process.

With Senator Joni Ernst, I urged the Office of National Drug Control Policy to include an evaluation of drug take back programs in the final report of the President’s Commission on Combatting Opioid Abuse, correcting a shortcoming in the interim report. Many people who are prescribed opioids are unsure of how to dispose of them, worsening the problem of the diversion of controlled substances to those other than the prescription holders. The drug take back programs are an effective part of an all-of-the-above strategy to approaching the opioid epidemic, and an evaluation must be included in the final report. 

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