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October 21, 2014
Column: Whistleblowers deserve additional protection
By U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley WASHINGTON — Pressure to go along to get along starts early in life. A student who tells the teacher about playground misbehaviors may face taunts as a tattletale. Teens feel social pressure not to report mischief by their peers. Later in life, employees...
October 21, 2014 - 5:02pm
October 15, 2014
Column: Accelerate prosperity, reverse Uncle Sam's overdrive
By U.S. Sen. Churck Grassley WASHINGTON — Underemployment is up. Wage growth is down. Job openings are up. Hiring is down. Student debt is up. Job optimism is down. Consumer debt is up. The personal savings rate is down. Federal regulations are up. Consumer confidence is down. What’s...
October 15, 2014 - 8:49pm
August 26, 2014
Column: Denying sexual assault is a serious crime
WASHINGTON — Heading off to college triggers a range of emotions for students and their families. For those moving to campus, lugging boxes from the parking lot to the dorm adds to the knot of anxiety that won’t seem to go away. And for every student, turning the page on life’s...
August 26, 2014 - 8:34pm
August 19, 2014
Opinion: Internal watchdogs keep government services accountable
QUESTION: What are Inspectors General? ANSWER: Congressional oversight is a primary means for the legislative branch to strengthen our system of checks and balances. In addition to exercising power of the purse and conducting oversight hearings and investigations, lawmakers added...
August 19, 2014 - 12:44pm
August 12, 2014
Grassley talks issues with Northwest Iowa constituents
SIBLEY, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley made his annual appearance in Osceola County Tuesday afternoon at the county courthouse. The long-time...
August 12, 2014 - 9:16pm
July 28, 2014
Column: Black eye at the FBI
By U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley WASHINGTON — To some observers, it might seem awfully tedious work, not worth the effort. Congressional oversight requires patience, resilience and earnestness. Tracking down answers, obtaining documents and interviewing whistleblowers typically are...
July 28, 2014 - 5:24pm
July 21, 2014
Column: Don't let big oil bully biofuels
By U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley WASHINGTON — It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are under way and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. America’s road warriors have long cherished...
July 21, 2014 - 4:46pm
July 14, 2014
Column: Eyewitness of foster care opens eyes in Congress
By U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley WASHINGTON — Internships on Capitol Hill offer a valuable learning experience for young people to get hands-on experience in the workplace. For those interested in public policy and politics, it’s an exceptional way to see how the legislative branch...
July 14, 2014 - 4:44pm
July 11, 2014
Renewable fuels group blast big oil
ST. PAUL — The Renewable Fuels Association says major oil companies strong-arm retailers that sell gasoline under their brand names to avoid using any more plant-based ethanol than legally necessary. Independent gasoline stations are four to six times more likely to sell higher...
July 11, 2014 - 9:53pm
June 25, 2014
Column: Don't muzzle freedom of speech
By U.S. Sen Chuck Grassley WASHINGTON — There are few things more sacred to the individual rights of citizens of the United States than the Bill of Rights. The Founders embraced the natural rights of individuals and secured for posterity these timeless principles to thwart infringement...
June 25, 2014 - 5:39pm
June 17, 2014
Column: Patient delays forsake veterans
By U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley WASHINGTON — It’s a tale as old as the Republic. When whistleblowing forces wrongdoing out from the shadows, Washington lurches away from the bull’s eye. Bully pulpit indignation seeks to smooth ruffled feathers, duck accountability and deflect...
June 17, 2014 - 1:46pm
April 30, 2014
Column: Helping Iowans break through the bureaucratic inertia
By U.S. Senator Charles Grassley WASHINGTON — During the recent two-week break in the congressional calendar, I continued my 2014 road trip across Iowa in April, visiting with Iowans in schools and on-the-job in their hometown communities. For the last 34 years, I have held meetings...
April 30, 2014 - 3:52pm
December 24, 2013
Column: Report card for the 113th Congress
By U.S. SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY As the first session of the 113th Congress ends, year-end performance reviews are under way. Public opinion of Washington is remarkably low. The mismanaged roll out of the federal health insurance website and broken promises from the President have frustrated...
December 24, 2013 - 10:20am
December 12, 2013
Column: Funding the nation's common defense
By U.S. Sen. Churck Grassley WASHINGTON — Among the objectives named in the preamble of the Constitution, the Founders specified one of the primary responsibilities of governance for the newly formed republic is to provide for the nation’s common defense. For more than two...
December 12, 2013 - 10:01am
November 19, 2013
Column: Assault on ethanol misses its mark
By U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley WASHINGTON — As its market share dips, Big Oil is doubling down to swat down its perennial piñata. This time around, petroleum producers and food conglomerates are using environmental groups as political cover to gain traction on efforts to pull...
November 19, 2013 - 8:41am