Grassley Direct

I spoke with Brian Wilson of KGLA radio in Algona and Nick Johansen of the Red Oak Express about immigration policy, North Korea, the Senate’s health care reform efforts, hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief, tax reform and canceling the October recess.  

Q&A: Human Trafficking 

Q. Why is Iowa on the map for human trafficking?
Q. What new reforms are you advancing this Congress?

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When kids do well early in life, they’re on a good path to become successful adults.My colleagues and I introduced bipartisan legislation to re-authorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. The program provides grants to states to develop and implement programs to improve maternal and child health, prevent child abuse and promote child development and school readiness.  

was among those who filed a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will help reduce government waste and ensure the long-term success of the Rock Island Arsenal. The Rock Island Arsenal has office space that could immediately accommodate about 850 people, with the ability for many more. The amendment is an opportunity for the Defense Department and taxpayers to save money on leased space and for the Quad Cities to create new jobs. 

Last Congress, I worked in a bipartisan manner to develop a criminal justice reform proposal that empowers judges, saves taxpayer dollars and gives low-level, non-violent offenders another shot at rejoining the productive side of society. I will be reintroducing this comprehensive legislation as we continue to work to ensure justice for both the victims and the accused and support law enforcement in its mission to keep our communities safe.  

I'm pressing the federal agency that oversees health care accrediting organizations to describe all statutory and other barriers that prevent the public release of hospital inspection reports. Since the inspection reports are not made public, patients and lawmakers are in the dark about problems, even when serious safety problems are found. Making facility inspection reports public may go a long way to providing the necessary additional information for patients and their families to make informed decisions about where to seek care.

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