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  • Grassley Pressures DOD For More Information On FBI Spy Stephan Halper

    07/22/2019 7:55:24 PM PDT · by bitt · 15 replies ^ | 7/22/2019 | Sara A. Carter
    Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter this month to Department of Defense Acting Secretary Mark Esper, urging him for more information regarding contracts awarded by its Office of Net Assessment to FBI informant Stefan Halper. Halper was used by the bureau as an informant to gather information on Trump campaign volunteers during the 2016 election. Grassely stated that the information be provided no later than July 25 and he requested a full in person briefing with his committee staff on all of Halper’s contracts with the DoD. Grassley, R-Iowa asked for the information after an audit was released...
  • Just Say No to Government Meddling with Medicare Part D

    07/08/2019 1:02:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | July 8, 2019 | Merrill Matthews
    The Senate Finance Committee is reportedly considering a change to Medicare’s Part D prescription drug benefit that would undermine one of the few entitlement-program success stories.In an effort to reduce what seniors pay at the pharmacy, the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, has proposed fining drug companies if the price of their drugs rises faster than the rate of inflation.  The committee’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), hasn’t yet rejected the plan.Wyden’s proposal is a thinly veiled effort to impose government price controls through the back door. If it takes off, it would impede the competition that...
  • Senate Republicans Warn White House Against Mexico Tariffs

    06/04/2019 1:52:31 PM PDT · by semimojo · 205 replies
    NYT ^ | 6/4/2019 | Catie Edmondson and Maggie Haberman
    Republican senators sent the White House a sharp message on Tuesday, warning that they were opposed to President Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, just hours after the president said lawmakers would be “foolish” to try to stop him....“I want you to take a message back” to the White House, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, told the attorneys, according to people familiar with the meeting. “You didn’t hear a single yes” from the Republican conference. He called the proposed tariffs a $30 billion tax hike on Texans.
  • Trump Tariffs on Mexico Irk Key Republican Allies in Congress

    06/01/2019 7:20:36 AM PDT · by rintintin · 74 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 31 2019 | Erik Wasson and Steven T. Dennis
    Key Senate Republicans are pushing back against President Donald Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on Mexico to stem the flow of migrants, though it’s unclear whether lawmakers will take action. The president’s announcement Thursday surprised many Republicans who hoped to focus on passing a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada known as the USMCA. That deal now faces fresh peril, a number of GOP senators said Friday.
  • This Is the Donald Trump We Elected to Lead Us out of the Illegal Immigration Crisis

    06/01/2019 6:03:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies ^ | June 1, 2019 | Charlie Kirk
    Our patience has been rewarded because the solution to the border crisis that we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.Despite all of the obstruction and dismissal by the Democrats of the worst humanitarian crisis to ever hit our border, Donald Trump has found perhaps the most effective way to solve this crisis.The madness at the border will end. The flood of human traffickers, drug smugglers, and gang members will be stopped. The mockery that these criminal invaders have made of our immigration laws and our generous asylum system will be rectified.And Mexico is going to step up and help...
  • Stocks Close Lower as Trump’s Mexico Tariff Threat Rattles Markets

    05/31/2019 1:33:05 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31, 2019 4:02 p.m. ET | Nathan Allen and Corrie Driebusch
    Stocks and bond yields around the world fell Friday after President Trump threatened to impose escalating tariffs on Mexico, capping a brutal month for markets as rising trade tensions roiled investor confidence. The threat pushed stock markets down as investors feared applying tariffs on Mexican products could hurt corporate earnings, increase prices for U.S. consumers and crimp economic growth. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 300 points, while the Nasdaq Composite Index and S&P 500 both fell more than 1%. As investors sold stocks, they moved to government bonds, gold and the Japanese yen, all assets typically perceived...
  • Mexico dispatches team to DC negotiate tariff solution, as Trump demands illegal immigration remedy

    05/31/2019 3:28:46 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/31/2019 | Brooke Singman
    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador dispatched his foreign relations secretary to Washington on Friday, as the country scrambles to negotiate a solution with the United States following President Trump’s surprise move this week to slap tariffs on Mexico in the hopes it would remedy the illegal immigration surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Grassley slams Trump tariffs on Mexico: 'A misuse of presidential tariff authority'

    06/01/2019 4:01:21 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 83 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 30, 2019
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) condemned President Trump's new tariffs on Mexico late Thursday, calling the move a "misuse" of presidential tariff authority and cautioning the levies could derail passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). "Trade policy and border security are separate issues. This is a misuse of presidential tariff authority and counter to congressional intent," Grassley said in a statement. The lawmaker cautioned that following through on Trump's tariff threat "would seriously jeopardize passage of USMCA," a revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "I support nearly every one of President Trump’s immigration policies,...
  • Analysis: GOP senators struggle to escape no-win border vote

    03/02/2019 2:37:08 PM PST · by Mariner · 52 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 2nd, 2019 | LISA MASCARO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, the Republican senators floated their ideas. They were trying to find a way out of a seemingly impossible dilemma: how to support President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall without approving the national emergency declaration he invoked to build it. And one by one, during a private lunchtime meeting that ran hot at times, they found no easy answers. As a deadline for voting looms, it's increasingly clear that Republican senators are deeply uncomfortable with Trump's use of executive power to build the wall and desperate to devise a way around the vote. Senators know...
  • Senate reignites blue slip war over Trump court picks

    02/24/2019 3:55:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate is set to escalate a long simmering fight over President Trump's judicial nominees. Republicans are poised to confirm a pick for the influential circuit courts next week without the support of either of the nominee's home-state senators—a first for the Trump era. Eric Miller is the first appeals judge to get a vote on the Senate floor this year, and the 31st of Trump’s presidency. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up an initial vote on his Ninth Circuit nomination for Monday evening. “The judicial train is running in the committee and it will soon hit the floor,”...
  • Senators demand details of 2015 meetings between Russian spy and US financial officials

    02/15/2019 11:37:02 PM PST · by blueplum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 15 Feb 2019 | Colin Wilhelm
    A Republican and a Democratic senator have called on the Federal Reserve and the publisher of a foreign policy magazine to provide more details on 2015 meetings involving senior U.S. financial officials, a Russian central bank official, and Russian spy Maria Butina. Now, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley R-Iowa, and the top Democrat on that panel, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., want more information. The meetings involved Butina, now-former Russian Central Bank Deputy Governor Alexander Torshin, former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and former Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets. They were reportedly arranged by the Center for...
  • Sen Grassley: Pray the President has the wisdom to sign the bill

    02/14/2019 10:25:08 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 85 replies
    CSPAN via twitter ^ | 02/14/2019 | CSPAN Following the invocation this morning, Senator Grassley said into the microphone: "Let's all pray that the president will have wisdom to sign the bill so government doesn't shut down."
  • Chuck Grassley says he expects Mueller report 'within a month'

    02/05/2019 10:25:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 5, 2019 | by Caitlin Yilek
    Sen. Chuck Grassley said expects special counsel Robert Mueller will release a report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election “within a month.” "Within a month, if we see it," the Iowa Republican said while speaking to radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday.
  • Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

    01/20/2019 3:35:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | January 20, 2019 | Gil Gutknecht
    Senator Chuck Grassley may be the singularly most important reason why the GOP gained seats in the U.S. Senate last November. Democrats and their base were unhinged during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Sen. Grassley was calm and measured. The Left was disrespectful and angry. He was kind to all of the witnesses and offered them every courtesy. After it became clear that a couple of them had misled the committee, he did his duty by referring their testimony over to the DOJ for possible prosecution. Americans were paying attention. They saw through the media maelstrom. Without raising his voice,...
  • We May Be Saying Goodbye to Government Shutdowns For Good Thanks to Conservative Senators

    01/12/2019 5:27:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies ^ | January 12, 2019 | Beth Bauman
    A group of conservative Senators on Friday introduced legislation to permanently keep the federal government open and prevent future shutdowns. The End Government Shutdowns would automatically create continually resolutions, which continues funding agencies even when politicians are debating on the budget.The bill is sponsored by Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who has introduced the legislation every year since he was elected to the Senate in 2010, Deseret News reported. Sens. Steve Daines (MT), Mike Lee (UT), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Chuck Grassley (IA), Johnny Isakson (GA), Mike Enzi (WY), John Barrasso (WY), and Jim Risch (ID) have all signed onto the bill. The reason...
  • ‘Huge Win’ for Trump, Conservatives: First Step Act Follows Red State Successes

    12/23/2018 3:59:34 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 19 replies
    Western Journal ^ | December 23, 2018 | John G. Malcom and John-Michael Seibler
    President Donald Trump and conservatives in Congress earned a historic victory this week by enacting the First Step Act. The landmark bill provides modest yet much-needed prison and sentencing reform modeled on successful reforms already passed in red states. On Tuesday night, senators passed the First Step Act with support from law enforcement professionals, the faith community, business groups, and the White House, by a vote of 87-12. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., deserves credit for bringing the bill up for a vote. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a former federal prosecutor and leading advocate of the legislation, said, “American...
  • Is Special Counsel Mueller’s Office About to Have Its First Conviction Overturned?

    12/16/2018 6:28:54 PM PST · by bitt · 59 replies ^ | 12/16/2018 | BRIAN CATES
    Last week, both special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s defense team submitted dueling memorandums to U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is preparing to sentence Flynn on Dec. 18. Flynn’s filing brought up the subject of FD-302 forms, which are the official records that FBI agents file following interviews with subjects of interest. In its memo, the defense noted that a 302 form provided by Mueller’s office was dated Aug. 22, 2017, more than six months after the FBI’s interview with Flynn actually took place. Since FBI rules and regulations state that...
  • POWELL: New Facts Indicate Mueller Destroyed Evidence, Obstructed Justice

    12/16/2018 4:18:32 PM PST · by Stars&StripesNE · 134 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/16/18 | Sidney Powell
    The Supreme Court held long ago in Brady v. Maryland that the Constitution requires the prosecution, which holds all the cards in a criminal case, to give the defense all evidence favorable to the defendant, whether it impeaches a witness, mitigates punishment or shows his innocence. Indeed, the burden is on prosecutors to find anything in the possession of the government that is favorable to the defense. From the minute Judge Emmet G. Sullivan received the case against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, which will be decided on Tuesday, he ordered Mueller to provide the defense with all Brady material Last...
  • Grassley: Fusion GPS Founder CEO Glenn Simpson Lied In Senate Testimony

    12/05/2018 8:38:39 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 4, 2018 | Bre Payton
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee staff about whether his infamous firm continued to investigate Donald Trump after the 2016 election.In a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Grassley stated that Simpson told committee staff in 2017 that he stopped probing now-President Trump and his associates’ connections to Russian officials after the 2016 presidential election because he “had no client after the election.”Here’s what committee staff asked Simpson and what the Fusion GPS founder had to say in return last August: When the Committee staff interviewed Glenn Simpson...
  • Grassley DEMANDS that FBI explain raid on Clinton Foundation, Uranium One whistleblower

    12/04/2018 2:53:14 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 37 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 12/4/18 | USA Features
    Answers: The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is upset that the FBI raided a whistleblower last month who had already given Congress sensitive information regarding possible malfeasance related to the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal and is demanding that the bureau’s director, Christopher Wray, explain why it happened. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Wray (pictured above) a series of questions pertaining to the Nov. 19 raid of former FBI contractor Dennis Cain’s home in Maryland, in which agents took electronically-stored information that had been provided under Intelligence Community whistleblower protection laws to the Justice Department’s inspector general,...