Grassley Direct

In the latestGrassley Direct,” I discuss Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey’s nomination for a top post at USDA, my #99CountyMeetings, my bipartisan Elder Abuse Prevention and Protection Act of 2017, which was signed into law by President Trump, and the Senate-passed budget. 

Q&A: National Adoption Month

Q. Why is the month of November celebrated as National Adoption Month? 
Q. How do you work to raise awareness and improve policies to promote adoption?

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The House Ways and Means Committee released a draft tax reform proposal. The proposal is a critical step forward in passing middle class tax relief and pro-growth tax reform. The tax code hasn’t been overhauled in a generation. I’m working to make sure that the final bill includes relief for small businesses, addresses the unfair estate tax and includes reforms that make U.S. industry and workers more competitive in the global economy. 

No one should feel uncomfortable or unsafe at work because of a colleague’s behavior. Sexual harassment prevention training in the workplace can help cultivate a safe, healthy and productive work environment. My offices require such training for staff, but it’s not mandatory for all Senate employees. I wrote the leaders of the Senate Rules Committee to encourage them to require mandatory training.

The Judiciary Committee, which I chair, has been working hard to vet and process the President's judicial nominees. This week, the Senate approved four appellate court nominees who are some of the most qualified we’ve seen. Among those confirmed this week is Iowa native and U.N.I. alumna Joan Larsen, who was approved to serve on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The others were Amy Barrett of Indiana, Allison Eid of Colorado and Stephanos Bibas of Pennsylvania. 

Senator Klobuchar of Minnesota and I introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce single use drug waste. A recent report indicated that Medicare and private insurers waste nearly $3 billion a year on cancer drugs that are distributed in vials that hold too much medicine for most patients. It’s no secret that wasteful health care spending is a significant contributor to the rising cost of health care in the United States. We should always be encouraging a culture in government that respects taxpayer dollars and expects fiscal responsibility and accountability. 

If foreign entities are actively working to influence U.S. policy decisions or our democratic process, we ought to know about it. Congress passed a law in 1935 requiring those lobbying on behalf of foreign principals to disclose their work. My oversight work has uncovered lackluster enforcement of the law. I introduced the Disclosing Foreign Influence Act to shine a light on foreign influencers and improve compliance, enforcement and oversight of the law.

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