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On my weekly “Capitol Hill Report,” I spoke with Tom Williamson of KIIC Radio in Albia and Gordon Wolf of the Denison Bulletin & Review about the United States’ response to Syria’s chemical attack, the special counsel investigation and trade negotiations. 

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Barbara and I mourn the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to get to know Mrs. Bush, first in Iowa campaigning for her husband, then as Second Lady, and then as First Lady, but always as a friend. In private, Barbara was the same strong, kind, funny and loving woman the nation knew her to be. We will miss her greatly. The entire Bush family remains in our thoughts and prayers.

More than 100 veterans from towns across Eastern Iowa took part in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. I paid tribute to their sacrifice and service at the World War II Memorial. You can view photos here.

I take government oversight seriously and have worked for greater transparency and accountability throughout my time in the Senate. I work to keep all parts of government accountable, and health care is one such area. I sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb seeking information about an investigation into a South Florida clinic that performed unproven stem cell treatments on patients that left them permanently blind. The FDA also opened a criminal investigation into unauthorized human research testing conducted by a Southern Illinois University professor following a letter I wrote on the subject in January of this year.

Senator Klobuchar and I led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing so-called “hardship” waivers. News reports indicate that EPA has already issued 25 such waivers to large, multibillion-dollar refining companies making billions of dollars in profits since 2016. These waivers represent a clear violation of Administrator Pruitt’s commitments and undermine President Trump’s long-standing support of the RFS. 

Sen. Joni Ernst and I, along with Reps. Steve King, David Young and Rod Blum, sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma urging CMS to repeal guidance that hinders states like Iowa with failing individual health insurance markets due to Obamacare's collapse from applying for waivers to pursue additional, innovative health care coverage options.

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This week I spoke with Iowa veterans visiting Washington, D.C. as a part of the Honor Flight Program.

A photo by @senchuckgrassley on April 17, 2018.