Sen. Chuck Grassley
Q: Why are you calling for new oversight of foreign investments and acquisitions of U.S. companies? A: As a U.S. senator, it’s my job to look out for America’s interests, especially when long-term economic prosperity and national security are at stake. For more than 241 years, America’s system of free enterprise encourages Americans to work hard and dream big.
Q: Who launched a “day of thanksgiving” to unite America “with one heart and one voice”? A: More than 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln issued a presidential proclamation, reminding a divided nation that we are united by “gracious gifts” that should be “solemnly, reverently, and gratefully” observed. The nation’s 16th president called for Americans at that time to set aside the last Thursday of November “as a day of thanksgiving and praise.”
WASHINGTON — Since well before we became a country to the present day, America has attracted people who are willing to leave behind everything and everyone they know and settle in a strange land just to have the opportunity to work hard and provide for their families.
Q: What’s on the minds of Iowans as you visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties this year? A : Last year during the August recess, I got a lot of feedback from Iowans about government overreach, specifically regarding an Obama administration rule known as Waters of the United States (WOTUS).
Q: How has your support for renewable fuels helped Iowa? A : Iowans breathe cleaner air and can chalk up a stronger, healthier economy thanks to renewable fuels. My long-held support for public policies that foster growth, investment and sustainability in this emerging industry has yielded far-reaching results for state and local economies, the environment and energy security.
Q: What is civil asset forfeiture? A: Civil asset forfeiture laws empower the government to seize property linked to prohibited behavior and criminal enterprise.
Q: What drives your relentless grip on the federal purse strings? A: Like many Iowans who grow up in households that don't spend beyond their means, I understand the need to pinch pennies. Reckless spending goes against the grain of a heritage rooted in Midwestern fiscal discipline. This philosophy has shaped how Iowans conserve natural resources and spare financial resources. It also guides my work for Iowans as a taxpayer watchdog.
Q: Do you expect Governor Branstad to be confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China? A: Yes. Governor Branstad had a very good confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I was proud to introduce him to members of the committee and share my support for his nomination.
Q: What is a sanctuary city? A: As it relates to federal immigration laws, a sanctuary city refers to municipalities in which local law enforcement fails to comply with lawful detainer requests issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). For example, if a suspect is taken into custody, booked for an offense and otherwise eligible for release, ICE may issue a detainer requesting the individual be kept in custody for up to 48 hours, until federal immigration officers arrive.
Q: Why is National Ag Week a good reminder for Americans to appreciate how food gets to their tables? A: Americans enjoy the most wholesome, affordable and abundant food supply in the world. According to the USDA, the share of disposable income Americans spend on food has fallen from 17.5 percent to 9.6 percent since 1960. American agriculture encompasses a sweeping cross-section of the economy and labor force.