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  • Senators stay connected to constituents

    09/08/2014 2:44:09 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | September 7 2014 | Erin Jordan
    U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley's annual 99-county tour — known in political circles as “the Full Grassley” — puts him above most of his Senate peers for trips home. Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford, made 99 trips home in the three years that ended March 31, which was three times as many trips as Sen. Tom Harkin, a Cumming Democrat, who came home 33 times during the three-year period. “It demonstrates the extent to which Grassley is around,” said Chris Larimer, an associate political science professor from the University of Northern Iowa. “He's in the state talking with Iowans.” Tim...
  • How U.S. senators spend public money: Harkin 15th biggest spender, Grassley

    09/08/2014 2:52:07 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | September 7 2014 | Erin Jordan
    CEDAR RAPIDS Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin was the 15th biggest spender in the U.S. Senate for the year that ended March 31. Harkin, who will retire in January after 30 years, spent $2.9 million, compared to the median disbursement of $2.6 million for all U.S. senators and $2.49 million for Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, according to new data compiled by the Sunlight Foundation and analyzed by The Gazette. The vast majority of spending went into payroll, with each Iowa senator having more than 50 people on staff from April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. These rosters include full-...
  • Lois Lerner Plotted Audit of Senator who Blocked IRS Targeting

    07/03/2014 8:04:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Meet the Deep State. It’s embedded inside a massive remorseless bureaucracy with no conscience or restraint. Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller.Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010, just as...
  • Lois Lerner Targeted Chuck Grassley After He Blocked Obamas DOJ Tax Nominee

    07/01/2014 8:32:18 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7-1-2014 | Patrick Howley
    July 1, 2014 Lois Lerner Targeted Chuck Grassley After He Blocked Obamas DOJ Tax Nominee Patrick Howley Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obamas nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller. Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obamas political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010,...
  • Grassley knocks Obama, Braley at annual Kaufmann fundraiser

    07/01/2014 3:22:44 PM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | July 1 2014 | Jeff Patch
    SOLON, IowaState Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, officially announced his intent to seek reelection Monday night at a fundraiser featuring Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Adam Gregg, the GOP nominee for Attorney General, and Kaufmanns fatherthe newly elected chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. Let me apologize to you: Im a farmer, not a lawyer, Grassley told the crowd of more than 100 people, who roared with laughter at the obvious reference to Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braleys comments disparaging Grassley as a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school at a Texas trial lawyer fundraiser. Grassley, who regularly...
  • Here's the backstory behind Chuck Grassley and Lois Lerner

    06/27/2014 6:33:30 AM PDT · by safetysign · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/27/20122 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    By the time Lois Lerner suggested auditing Sen. Chuck Grassley in a Dec. 4, 2012, email, the Iowa Republican had spent five years scrutinizing Lerner's IRS division. Grassley, during his tenure as top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, zeroed in on abuses by charities and other nonprofit groups improperly claiming tax-exempt status under Lerner, and he spearheaded a 2006 change in federal law making it harder for organizations to improperly claim the credit. Grassley and Lerner were no strangers to each other, and its one of the reasons Republicans fear Lerners push to audit Grassley might have been politically...
  • Lerner targeted GOP Senator for audit

    06/25/2014 4:44:29 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-25-14 | DrJohn
    Lois Lerner targeted US Sen. Chuck Grassley for an audit- for having done nothing wrong. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012. Now catch this: The emails show former IRS official Lois Lerner mistakenly received an invitation to an event that was meant to go to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley presumably received Lerner's invitation. She "mistakenly" received his invitation? Because G and L are next to each other in the alphabet?...
  • Lois Lerner targeted sitting US GOP Senator over mistaken invitation

    06/25/2014 2:30:32 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 25 2014 | The Right Scoop
    This is how partisan and corrupt Lois Lerner is: Here is more from Rep. , chairman of Ways and Means committee: Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman (R-MI) announced the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) targeting of conservative individuals includes a sitting United States Senator. According to emails reviewed by the Committee under its Section 6103 authority, which allows the Committee to review confidential taxpayer information, Lois Lerner sought to have Senator (R-IA) referred for IRS examination. We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS...
  • Emails: IRS Official [Lerner] Sought Audit of GOP Senator [Grassley]

    06/25/2014 2:07:57 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 121 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 25, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    <p>Congressional investigators have uncovered emails showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit of a Republican senator in December 2012.</p>
  • Report: Lois Lerner Tried to Get a Sitting GOP Senator In IRS Trouble (Update: Email Added)

    06/25/2014 2:08:24 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 104 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 25, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Chad Pergram works for Fox News, and has been covering the IRS scandal. On Twitter he just dropped a bombshell. #BREAKING: #IRS email dump to Congress reveal Lois Lerner sought to have Sen Chuck Grassley (R-IA) referred for IRS examination. Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 25, 2014 Sources tell Fox #IRSs Lerner came across invitation for Grassley to event. Lerner then referred Grassley for probe. Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 25, 2014 Camp: At every turn, Lerner was using the IRS as a tool for political purposes in defiance of taxpayer rights. Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 25, 2014
  • Iowa GOP Senate Primary Update

    05/30/2014 2:07:30 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Imagine winning a U.S. Senate debate when you did the following: Admitted you didnt know what the current immigration law was. Flip-flopped on the marriage issue from a previous debate. Flip-flopped on subsidies during this debate. Said the first thing that differentiated yourself from your opponent was you were female. Gave probably the single most wretchedly-awful example of pandering in modern Iowa political history. No one would expect to win a debate, and likely the Republican Partys nomination for U.S. Senate, committing these kinds of gaffes. But no one isnt Joni Ernst, who is living the semi-charmed kind of life....
  • Grassley: Administration Acts on its Own "to the Detriment of American Workers"

    05/09/2014 2:45:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    On the Senate floor yesterday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, decried the Obama Administrations proposed rule giving work permits to the spouses of certain H-1B visa holders. He said Congress did not authorize the Administration proposal. They act on their own, Sen. Grassley said. And, they do it to the detriment of American workers. Sen. Grassley argued the proposal will allow more foreign workers to come, work, and compete with U. S. workers in high-skilled fields despite the well-documented fraud in the H-1B program.
  • FBI agents storm out from Senate hearing to avoid testifying on Insider Threat program

    04/25/2014 7:42:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 15 April, 2014 | NA
    ​It’s been two-and-a-half years since the United States government unveiled an insider threat program to keep classified networks and sensitive intelligence secure, but the officials in charge would literally rather storm away than speak about it. From the floor of Congress last Thursday, US Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) acknowledged that the interagency Insider Threat Task Force established in 2012 “for deterring, detecting and mitigating” future potential risks “was intended to train federal employees to watch out for insider threats among their colleagues.” But media reports in the years and months since, as the senator put it, have suggested “that this...
  • Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 2

    04/16/2014 2:18:25 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    The numbers count of any likely GOP Senate majority in the new Congress suggests that real immigration reform is by no means a forgone conclusion. Indeed, it could be rather iffy. The ratio of Democrats to Republicans is important, as is control of the Senate. And the actual composition of the crucial Senate committees matters as well, and that certainly includes the Senate Judiciary that has primary (but shared) jurisdiction over immigration legislation. As it stands now, of the eight Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, two were original members of the 2013 "Gang of Eight."
  • Braley Camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa Farmers and Grassley.

    04/02/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT · by campg · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/1/2014 | Guy Benson
    Braley camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa farmers and Grassley POSTED AT 9:21 AM ON APRIL 1, 2014 BY GUY BENSON Many of us assumed this recording was made surreptitiously. It must have been. Theres no way a statewide office-seeker from Iowa would knowingly demean farmers and a beloved state political figure on tape, right? Wrong, says the Braley campaign, via the Des Moines Register: Braleys campaign strategists say the candidate knew he was being videotaped at the private fundraiser when he made the remark that has the political world buzzing, describing Chuck Grassley as...
  • Rep Bruce Braley [D-Iowa] Apologizes to Grassley for Farmer Slight

    03/26/2014 2:24:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 25, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad
    Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, apologized for his critical comments of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, that were posted online Tuesday by a Republican research group. Speaking at a fundraiser, Braley, who is running for the Hawkeye States open Senate seat, said the Senate could end up with a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, before identifying that person as Grassley. I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended, Braley said in a statement released a couple of hours after the video...
  • Grassley blasts Obama weed memo (Hussein 'cant change the law')

    02/16/2014 6:00:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/15/14 | Ian Swanson, Julian Hattem
    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) says the Treasury Department is overstepping its bounds with a memo outlining how banks can provide services for businesses selling marijuana. Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said its illegal for banks to deal with marijuana sale proceeds, and that only Congress can change those laws. The administration cant change the law with a memo, he said in a statement released late on Friday. While the Justice Departments memo tries to guide prosecutorial discretion, that discretion shouldnt be used to facilitate illegal conduct. Grassley said the Justice Department was encouraging an improper use...
  • Klobuchar, Grassley call for antitrust investigation of Big Oil

    10/11/2013 3:55:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Ethanol Producer ^ | 8-21-13 | Erin Voegele
    Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have issued a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission asking for an investigation of anticompetitive practices by oil companies that limit consumer access to renewable fuels, specifically higher ethanol blends.
  • Congresss Exemption from Obamacare

    09/16/2013 3:09:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | 9-16-13 | John Fund
    Prostitution. Bribery. Blackmail. Thuggery. Hypocrisy. Those were just some of the incendiary words thrown around the U.S. Senate last week, and that doesnt count what people said in private. The Senate may still have a reputation as a genteel club, but lawmakers seemed to abandon rules of decorum completely last week in arguments about whether Congress should be treated like the rest of the country when it comes to Obamacare. Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has demanded a floor vote on his bill to end an exemption that members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get that...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Feds admit improper scrutiny of candidate, donor tax records

    07/16/2013 5:46:14 AM PDT · by SueRae · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/16/2013 | Dave Boyer
    The Treasury Department has admitted for the first time that confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly scrutinized by government officials, but the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the cases. Its investigators also are probing two allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted for audit candidates for public office, the Treasurys inspector general for tax administration, J. Russell George, has privately told Sen. Chuck Grassley. In a written response to a request by Mr. Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Mr. George said a review turned up four cases since...
  • BACKSTORY Anthony and Huma Weiner move into luxury $3.3M condo owned by top Clinton donor

    08/01/2013 8:28:57 AM PDT · by Liz · 35 replies
    FREE REPUBLIC POST ^ | 8/13/12 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Full title.......Anthony Weiner and wife Huma move into luxury $3.3M condo owned by top Clinton donor... are they there for free or just getting a sweet deal? dailymail.co.uk story | 8/13/12 / FR Posted by ColdOne Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner and his faithful wife Huma Abedin have moved into a $3.3million New York City apartment owned by a top donor to Ms Abedin's boss, Hillary Clinton. The well-appointed luxury pad includes four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms in the 12th floor of an exclusive building on Park Avenue. It costs an estimated $14,000 a month. The price...
  • Huma Has Lost Her Halo

    07/26/2013 8:19:19 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 07/26/13 | Elspeth Reeve
    When Michele Bachmann picked on Huma Abedin a year ago claiming she had some convoluted connection to the Muslim Brotherhood there was a rush to defend the longtime Hillary Clinton aide. The Minnesota congresswoman quickly got a scolding from House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. John McCain, House Intelligence Committee chair Mile Rogers. But now that her husband, Anthony Weiner, is running for New York City mayor, the attacks on Abedin aren't so ridiculous, and Abedin herself is not quite so untouchable.
  • Senator Calls For Further Investigation Into Humas Money

    07/26/2013 6:39:20 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    dailybeast ^ | July 26, 2013 | Josh Rogin
    Huma Abedin, the wife of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, AKA Carlos Danger, is facing an ongoing Senate investigation into the consulting fees she earned while also working as a State Department employee for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been investigating Abedins activities as a paid consultant while she was still working for Clinton toward the end of her tenure. In June, 2012, Abedin changed her employment status at the State Department from being a full time employee with the title of deputy chief of staff to being a special government employee, a...
  • The IRS Mafia: Hush Money and Politics...IRS targeting of Christine ODonnell not an aberration.

    07/25/2013 2:10:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7.25.13 | Jeffrey Lord
    Ex-IRS Employee: IRS targeting of Christine ODonnell not an aberration. It wasnt an accident. And the IRS has used hush money. A former IRS employee that would be IRS employee-turned-whistle blower Stanley Welli tells The American Spectator that the IRS targeting of Delaware Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine ODonnell, a Tea Party favorite, was neither isolated nor an aberration. ODonnell was recently notified by the IRS that the agency had received information that your personal federal tax info may have been compromised and may have been misused by an individual --snip-- The episode launched Welli on an endless...
  • Charles Grassley: Rubios work on immigration does not destroy his 2016 prospects

    06/28/2013 8:29:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/28/2013 | Alexis Levinson
    The rumors of the demise of Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubios presidential prospects in Iowa as a result of his role in crafting immigration reform are somewhat exaggerated, said Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on Thursday. Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, a fierce opponent of immigration reform, has said that Rubio is toast in the Iowa caucuses, should he run for president in 2016. A number of Iowa conservatives expressed similar opinions to the Washington Examiners Byron York last month. But Grassley said that in 2013, it was too early to make such predictions. Its pretty hard for me to...
  • Immigration Scam Exposed

    06/23/2013 6:59:11 AM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 19, 2013 | M. Stanton Evans
    On first appraisal, the amnesty/immigration bill before the Senate looks pretty bad. On a more careful comb-through, clause by clause, it looks much worse - like a complete disaster. It also looks like a massive venture in deception. Consider the oft-repeated claim that, under the bill, 11 million plus illegal immigrants now in the U.S. won't get legal status unless and until the border with Mexico is secure. This claim has been incessantly made by backers of the measure who call it "tough, conservative" legislation. Thus, a former official in the second Bush administration flatly tells us, "The bill's path...
  • Reid Kills Amendment Requiring Border Security before Amnesty

    06/13/2013 3:56:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made a move to formally kill an amendment Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) offered to the immigration bill. It would require border security before Americas at least 11 million illegal immigrants are granted amnesty.Reid filed a motion to table the amendment, a move that he used to quickly push for an up-or-down vote. A vote in favor of tabling the amendment would kill it. A vote against tabling the amendment would allow it to move through for debate. Essentially, a vote for Reids motion is a vote against securing the...
  • Senate kills Grassleys border-security amendment with all 4 Republican Gang of Eight members

    06/13/2013 12:27:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/13/2013 | AllahPundit
    Grassley's amendment was dead on arrival in the Judiciary Committee and it was dead on arrival on the floor of the Senate today. Why? Because it did the one thing Republican border hawks Must Not Do as part of this grand, glorious compromise on immigration: It demanded that the border be effectively secured before any form of legalization, including first-stage probationary legalization, is granted to illegals. That would be a true enforcement “trigger” for amnesty, something that would warrant a second look at the bill. But of course, Democrats will never, ever agree to it; they have no more faith...
  • Grassley immigration amendment tabled (Border Enforcement)

    06/13/2013 10:46:11 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 35 replies
    Ted Barrett ^ | June 13th, 2013 01:05 PM ET
    (CNN) - An amendment to the Senate's immigration reform plan that would have required strict border controls be in place before undocumented immigrants are able to begin the process that could lead to citizenship was tabled Thursday. Democrats and a few Republicans voted 57-43 to table the measure, proposed by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, Democrats, who oppose the Grassley amendment because they think it sets security metrics that are not attainable
  • Grassley blasts DOJ treatment of Gunwalking whistleblower

    05/20/2013 10:44:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 May, 2013 | Dave Workman
    Senator Charles Grassley, who launched the first Capitol Hill investigation of Operation Fast and Furious more than two years ago, today blasted the treatment of a chief whistleblower in the investigation by the former U.S. attorney in Arizona, and subsequent attempts to discredit him by the Justice Department. Grassley released a statement after the Office of Inspector General released a report Monday morning that shows former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke leaked a sensitive document to a Fox News reporter in an attempt to discredit John Dodson, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The IGs...
  • 'I Never Said That!' Schumer And Grassley Spar On Boston Attacks

    04/22/2013 1:47:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/22/13 | tpmtv
    Vid at link. Testy exchange
  • Press release just emailed by Sen. Lindsey Graham

    04/19/2013 9:15:57 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    Dear Friends, President Obama wanted three things on gun control -- to ban assault weapons, limit magazine sizes, and expand background checks. Fortunately, he lost on all three. Ive always been confident if the Senate debated the Second Amendment, the Second Amendment would win. Yesterday, the Senate took up, debated, and voted on gun violence legislation. I am very pleased we had this debate, and was always ready and willing to vote in support of what I believe. Heres how I voted yesterday: Voted Against the Manchin-Toomey Background Check Amendment (Failed 54-46, required 60 votes) No matter how well-intentioned, the...
  • New Senate Immigration Amnesty Plan Bears Union Imprint

    04/18/2013 11:55:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 18, 2013 | Carl Horowitz
    If there were any doubts that the oft-used term comprehensive immigration reform' is a stalking-horse for amnesty, a new Senate proposal should dispel them. The measure, touted as a way to fix our broken' immigration system, will do the opposite. Not only will it demean U.S. citizenship and rule of law, it also likely will produce adverse economic effects. The main feature of the 844-page bill is that it would allow millions of illegal immigrants to apply for legal residency and eventual citizenship. Significantly, the bill bears a strong union influence. And labor officials aren't bashful about it. Ana Avendano,...
  • Obama pulls out all stops on guns; Grassley preps alternative

    04/10/2013 6:04:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 April, 2013 | Dave Workman
    As President Barack Obama pulls out all the stops to push his gun control agenda, even using Air Force One to fly parents of Sandy Hook victims to lobby on Capitol Hill, the man who launched the first inquiry about Operation Fast and Furious more than two years ago may be poised to derail the presidents runaway train. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley is still working out the details of an alternative bill that, according to spokesperson Beth Levine, will emphasize mental health, protecting veterans from losing their gun rights, and improving school security. It will not erode Second Amendment rights...
  • Gang of 8 Republicans Reject Senate Conservatives' Request for Immigration Proposal Briefing

    04/09/2013 10:58:30 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 4-9-2013 | Matthew Boyle
    The Republican members of the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight have passed the deadline for Senate Judiciary Committee ranking GOP member Sen. Chuck Grassleys request for a briefing on their coming immigration reform bill. Last week, Grassley (R-IA) and his conservative committee colleagues Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee (R-UT) wrote to Gang of Eight senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), asking them to champion a transparent immigration reform process complete with thorough hearings examining each facet of any legislation those Gang Republicans and their Democratic counterparts develop....
  • Grassley Gun Bill Priorities Emerge

    04/08/2013 5:59:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 65 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.8.13 | LUCA GATTONI-CELLI
    The details of a gun control bill being written by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are now coming to light. As first reported by Politico, Grassley is crafting a Republican alternative to Democrats proposals, which are centered on expanding background checks, including information-sharing and record-keeping. In a follow-up piece this morning, Politico suggests that Grassleys effort could draw moderates of both parties away from the Democrats main proposal. Previously Grassleys office has declined to comment on the bill being authored, but in an interview today Press Secretary Beth Levine laid out the Iowa Republicans legislative priorities. She said Grassley is considering...
  • Senate Dems pass background check bill, ignoring Grassley warning

    03/12/2013 3:11:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 March, 2013 | Dave Workman
    While lawmakers in Olympia wrestle with a state universal background check measure, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today adopted on a 10-8 party line vote a similar measure that faces an uncertain future before the entire Senate. But Sen. Charles Grassley (R- Iowa) warned that this measure could ultimately lead to registration and even confiscation when anti-gunners realize background checks do not prevent violent crimes. In California, guns are already being confiscated from people who may live with someone who has been disqualified under a state law, according to a published report. His warning fell on the deaf ears of...
  • Grassley statement at Judiciary Committee Business Meeting, Mark-up of Gun Violence Bills

    03/08/2013 12:50:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    politicalnews.me ^ | 8 March, 2013 | Senator Grassley
    Mr. Chairman, what happened at Newtown shocked the entire nation. We will never forget where we were and how we reacted when we learned that 20 very young children and 6 adults were killed that day. I cannot imagine how anyone would commit such an evil act. And I cannot even begin to know what it would be like to be a relative of one of those slain children. We pray for the families who continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones. We pray for all victims of violence, gun or otherwise. This Committee and a Subcommittee have...
  • Senator Grassley Defends Constitution on NPR

    02/10/2013 1:06:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 February, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    I heard Senator Charles Grassley on the Weekend Edition Sunday show of National Public Radio. I expected that he would buckle, and at least leave the door open for "universal background checks" as a way to appease the statists and move us toward universal gun registration. I was wrong. Senator Grassley surprised me by standing up to the MSM bullies. He did not say "we have to do *something*. He did not say "for the children*. He was smart. He did not fall for their implied assumptions that more unconstitutional infringements mean more safety. He was willing to look at...
  • Grassley suggests openness to gun control idea

    01/11/2013 9:41:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | January 11, 2013 | Gregory Wallace
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, a conservative Republican from Iowa, suggested Friday he may be open to a limited form of gun control - restricting the size of gun magazines - if that legislation does not violate the Constitutional protection of gun rights. "I think that's a whole different issue and it can maybe be dealt with without violating the Second Amendment, but I want to see the legislation," Grassley told Iowa Public Television in an interview Friday. But he reaffirmed his opposition to reinstating the assault weapons ban that Congress passed in 1994. Asked if he would support limiting the capacity...
  • Grassley asks Holder about U.S. Attorney's gun trafficking case leak

    12/01/2012 7:21:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Washington Examinier ^ | 12/1/12 | David Codrea
    A copy of a letter received in the past hour by Gun Rights Examiner addressed to Eric Holder from Senator Chuck Grassley questions the attorney general about a leak on a gun trafficking case tied to the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation that resulted in the indictment of the husband of the then-head of the New Mexico U.S. Attorneys Office Criminal Division. The letter, sent on Wednesday, provides further details to a story related last Monday in this column, concerning Danny Burnett, married to federal prosecutor Paula Burnett, charged with leaking wiretap information to a suspect in an ATF gun...
  • Grassley, Ayotte want answers on OMB promise to cover defense layoff costs

    10/02/2012 2:09:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 2, 2012 | Susan Crabtree
    Furious over the White House telling defense companies to ignore federal law requiring them to warn employees of possible layoffs from pending defense cuts, two key Republicans are demanding to know the legal rationale behind the guidance. Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire fired off a letter Monday night to Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, questioning the agencys legal authority to make the promises, which they said could put taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars. Mr. Zients letter told private companies not only that they didnt...
  • WH Aide Involved in Fast and Furious Was 'Suddenly' Transferred to Iraq; Issa Threatens Subpoena

    10/01/2012 2:17:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 1, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) - Kevin OReilly, a member of the White House National Security Staff who regularly communicated about Operation Fast and Furious with the Arizona-based ATF agent responsible for running the operation that allowed guns to flow to Mexican drug cartels, was suddenly transferred out of the White House and into Iraq in July 2011. The transfer took place shortly after the ATF agent OReilly had been communicating with testified about Fast and Furious in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the White House had provided the committee with a series of emails that OReilly and the agent had...
  • Killing of Libyan ambassador an act of war, Grassley says

    09/12/2012 8:38:51 AM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 12 September 2012
    The rocket attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador to that country and three staff members should be treated like an act of war, Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday morning. There ought to be serious implications, the Iowa Republican said on C-SPANs Washington Journal. Particularly when you get a rocket attack, its an act of war and ought to be treated like an act of war. Grassley also expressed his regret to the families of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other embassy staff who were killed in the assault on the American consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi....
  • 'Fast and Furious' ATF Official Granted Paid Leave to Take 6-Figure Job at JP Morgan

    08/23/2012 8:11:34 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 23, 2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The long-awaited inspector general's report on the Justice Department's botched gun-running scheme is finished, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on Wednesday. But along with that news comes more questions: Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are demanding to know why a top ATF official involved in Operation Fast and Furious remains on paid leave from ATF -- while simultaneously drawing a six-figure salary from J.P. Morgan, a major investment bank.
  • NASDAQ Delisting Threat Jeopardizes Chinese Rescue of A123 Systems

    08/23/2012 11:01:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 23, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Two weeks ago the mainstream and clean tech advocacy media proclaimed that taxpayer-subsidized, failing electric vehicle battery maker A123 Systems would be saved by a deal with a Chinese company. Since then the Massachusetts-based manufacturers stock price sank below what had been its previous low of 44 cents. This morning it is down to 38 cents, and yesterday the company received a delisting notice from the NASDAQ. So what happened? There could be several reasons why the recipient of hundreds of millions of U.S. stimulus dollars hasnt impressed Wall Street with its pending bailout from Wanxiang Group. The deal is...
  • PETA takes 'bets' on when senator (R) will die after objection to USDA vegetarian push

    07/28/2012 7:53:56 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2012 | Fox News
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has started taking "bets" on its website over when Sen. Charles Grassley will die, after the Iowa Republican scolded the Department of Agriculture for advocating a vegetarian diet. The USDA drew the ire of rural state lawmakers over a newsletter urging department employees to embrace "Meatless Mondays." The USDA later retracted the newsletter and said it wasn't properly vetted, but Grassley vented on Twitter that he plans to "eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation."
  • Is Citing Fast & Furious Mud Slinging?

    07/16/2012 8:30:11 AM PDT · by frithguild · 4 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 7/16/2012 | frithguild
    There has been an up-tic in Fast & Furious chatter - Mitt mentioned it on Fox & Friends this morning. Look for the Complaint to be filed maybe Thursday. Senator Grassley has asked whether U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. exercised independence when he declined to pursue criminal contempt without a particularized description of the withheld documents. Senator Grassley has also said that without this DOJ description, Mr. Machen cannot reasonably make an intelligent judgment as to the validity of any privilege claim and his duty to present the citation to a grand jury." This is a set up for...
  • U.S. Senator Believes Tin Whiskers Were Cause of Toyota Sudden Acceleration

    07/14/2012 7:53:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 40 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | 13 July 2012 | Karla Sanchez
    The Toyota sudden acceleration debacle may be a thing of the past, but one U.S. Senator thinks the government investigation is worth another look. Sen. Charles E. Grassley claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with NASA, may have let what he calls a serious issue fall through the cracks. In a letter sent to NHSTA administrator David Strickland, Grassley raised questions about the investigation, asking whether vehicles were tested for a very serious defect called tin whiskers, reports the Los Angeles Times. Tin whiskers, as described in a NASA report, are electronically conductive, crystalline structures of tin that...
  • Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious

    07/05/2012 11:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | July 3, 2012 | Senator Grassley
    Article For Immediate Release July 3, 2012 Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious ATF agent describes discussion of operation one day before Justice Department denial WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today asked Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for information about who at the Department of Justice (DOJ) saw a memo from a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) who was stationed at the Phoenix field division and was knowledgeable about Operation Fast and Furious.  This memo was produced the day before the Department of Justice...