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  • Trump Leads in Iowa as Grassley Gains in Popularity (Trump 44%, Clinton 39%)

    09/02/2016 12:47:20 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 27 replies
    Emerson College ^ | September, 2, 2016 | Media Contact: Prof. Spencer Kimball
    In Iowa, a new poll finds Trump leading 44% to 39% with Johnson at 8% and Stein at 1%. Eight percent (8%) were undecided. In the US Senate race, Senator Chuck Grassley leads Patty Judge 51% to 40% with 6% undecided. This poll of 600 likely voters was conducted from August 31 - September 1. ... Iowa Iowa voters do not appear happy with either Presidential candidate. Trump holds a 37% favorable opinion and a 58% unfavorable while Clinton is even further behind with a 35% favorable and 62% unfavorable. In the Senate race the voters have a positive opinion...
  • Ex-State Dept. Official May Have Lied To Congress About Hillary’s Email Setup

    07/01/2016 6:07:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 28 | Chuck Ross
    The recent release of House Benghazi Committee interview transcripts includes one from a now-retired State Department official who appears to have given inconsistent statements about his knowledge of Hillary Clinton’s email practices. During an interview with the committee last year, John Bentel, the former director of the Executive Secretariat’s information resource management division, which manages records and communications for State Department’s leadership, claimed he had no knowledge of Clinton’s use of personal email account or private server. But emails recently released by Judicial Watch — as well as findings laid out in a recent State Department inspector general’s report —...
  • Senator Investigating Clinton Emails Says FBI Could Possibly Leak Info

    04/23/2016 4:27:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/22/16 | Chuck Ross
    Leaks would spring from the FBI if officials believed that the bureau took it easy on Hillary Clinton for political reasons, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Friday. Speaking at a breakfast meeting in Des Moines, the Iowa Republican said that while he would not want the FBI to leak information about its investigation into Clinton’s private email server, information would likely seep out if it was perceived that the bureau decided not to issue indictments because of politics. “Is there going to be political interference? If there’s enough evidence to prosecute, will there be political interference?” Grassley asked...
  • Chuck Grassley tells Judge Garland that the Senate won’t act on his nomination

    04/12/2016 10:20:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/12/16 | Dave Boyer
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley told Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to his face Tuesday that the Senate won’t consider his nomination. Over breakfast, the Iowa Republican “explained why the Senate won’t be moving forward during this hyper-partisan election year,” his office said. The statement added that Mr. Grassley “thanked Judge Garland for his service,” and that their 70-minute meeting in the Senate dining room was “cordial and pleasant.” Both men arrived early for the meeting and avoided journalists later. Mr. Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are blocking Judge Garland’s nomination, saying voters should have a role in...
  • Rallies urge GOP senators to back Supreme Court vote

    03/21/2016 3:21:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2016 5:40 PM EDT | Julie Carr Smyth and Alan Fram
    An effort by liberal groups to pressure Republicans to allow Senate consideration of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee got off to a modest start Monday as small groups of demonstraters rallied outside lawmakers’ offices around the country. A bigger election-year battle ramped up as both sides brought their viewpoints to television, social media and supporters’ email inboxes. Five days after Obama tabbed federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacant seat, about 25 people appeared outside the Columbus, Ohio, office of GOP Sen. Rob Portman, who is backing Republican leaders’ insistence on awaiting the pick of whoever is...
  • Chuck Grassley confirms no hearings on Obama Supreme Court nominee

    03/16/2016 2:20:58 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    WHO radio, Des Moines ^ | March 16 2016
    audio link to Grassley WHO radio interview at 4PM Central time on 3/16/2016
  • C-SPAN Senator Grassley Speech on Sarah Root

    03/14/2016 7:10:54 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 5 replies
    Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Remembering Sarah Root: Obama Immigration Priorities Present Moral Hazard March 14, 2016Today, I want to pay tribute to Sarah Root, a young woman from Iowa who had a bright future, but was taken from this earth too soon. Sarah was 21 years old, and just graduated from Bellevue University with perfect grades. In the words of her family, “she was full of life and ready to take on the world.” According to a close friend of hers, Sarah was smart, outgoing, and dedicated to her friends and family. She embodied the words tattooed on her skin:...
  • GOODLATTE & GRASSLEY: ICE POLICY ALLOWS DRUNK DRIVERS WHO KILL & INJURE AMERICANS TO GO FREE

    03/08/2016 1:56:59 PM PST · by Mean Daddy · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on his department’s policy that allowed three unlawful, criminal immigrants charged with drunk driving go free. On February 24, 2016, Esmid Valentine Pedraza was arrested in San Francisco, California, for the murder of Stacey Aguilar. Prior to allegedly committing the murder, Pedraza was reportedly arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and placed in removal proceedings in August 2013 after Pedraza’s conviction for DUI in Alameda County, California. Although ICE could...
  • HARRY REID: GOP Not Budging on SCOTUS Nomination, “Will Wait and See What President Trump Will Do”

    03/02/2016 6:45:51 PM PST · by GilGil · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/2/016 | Jim Hoft
    Senate leaders met with Barack Obama on Tuesday to discuss the vacancy on the Supreme Court after Justice Scalia’s death. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley stuck to their position that the next president should fill the vacancy. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said it looks like “President Trump” will fill the slot. Even Harry Reid has the capacity to be honest every once in a blue moon... “They (Republicans) were adamant. They said, ‘No, we’re not going to do this at all,'” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters outside the White House. “They...
  • GOP showing signs of backing down from vow to block Obama SCOTUS pick

    02/16/2016 7:18:26 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 171 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/16/16 | Dave Boyer and Stephen Dinan
    SenateJudiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, didn't rule out confirmation hearings and a vote by his panel on an Obama selection. "I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decision," Mr. Grassley said Tuesday in a conference call with Iowa radio reporters. "In other words, take it a step at a time." Asked whether he thought the controversy over filling the court vacancy might endanger his re-election chances this fall, Mr. Grassley said, "I think I have a responsibility to perform, and I can't worry about the election. I've got to do my job...
  • The Senate Is Very Unlikely To Confirm A Scalia Replacement This Year(McConnell weighs in)

    02/13/2016 3:34:09 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 91 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 2-13-2016 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON - The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia creates a complicated situation in Washington to determine his replacement on the high court. Republicans are extremely unlikely to confirm anyone that President Barack Obama nominates in the final months of his second term to replace a justice considered a major pillar of modern conservatism - a position that top Republicans, Republican operatives, and presidential candidates already have made clear on Saturday evening. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new...
  • US Senate leader McConnell says wait on replacing Scalia

    02/13/2016 3:37:55 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 57 replies
    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that the next US president should be the one to nominate a justice to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court by the death of Antonin Scalia. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," McConnell said in a statement.
  • Grassley: Wait until election is over to fill Scalia's vacancy (Senate Judiciary Chairman)

    02/13/2016 4:48:17 PM PST · by Red Steel · 30 replies
    Hill ^ | 13 February 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) echoed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) calls to wait for a new president to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia. In a statement Saturday night, Grassley said it's been standard practice over the last 80 years not to confirm a Supreme Court nominee during a presidential election year. "Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this President, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that...
  • Steve King Tweets Under Fire by Ben Carson’s Campaign

    02/02/2016 2:11:52 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 50 replies
    whotv.com ^ | February 2, 2016 | Staff Writer
    Rep. Steve King is taking heat for what he posted on Twitter during the caucuses Monday night about Ben Carson. King, the Cruz campaigns national co-chair, retweeted CNNs Chris Moody about Carson’s break from the campaign trail before New Hampshire’s primary. Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope, King tweeted. In another tweet, the congressman said Carson’s next steps were equivalent of suspending.
  • 10 Myths about Guns

    01/09/2016 3:05:23 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | January 7 2016 | Chuck Grassley
    This week, President Barack Obama announced executive actions related to guns. Here are 10 common myths about firearms. Myth No. 1: Firearm purchases at gun shows do not require a background check due to the 'gun show loophole.'Facts: When the president and others refer to the “gun show loophole,” they imply that there are no background checks being done at gun shows. As a result, much of the public has been misinformed and are led to believe that individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows are not subject to a background check.In reality, there is no “gun show loophole.” If an...
  • Top Senators Question IRS Use Of Secret Cellphone Tracking Technology

    10/30/2015 6:34:57 AM PDT · by unixfox · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/29/2015 | Todd Beamon
    Two top senators Thursday demanded that the Obama administration explain why the Internal Revenue Service is using technology to secretly track cellphones that is normally the domain of law-enforcement agencies. The move by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont followed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's admission to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that the agency uses the technology.
  • Rubio backs Cruz on tougher penalties for illegal immigrants

    10/23/2015 9:01:18 AM PDT · by Isara · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Marco Rubio is backing a push to increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who reenter the country after previously being deported. The Florida Republican signed onto legislation from fellow 2016 White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday, according to the Congressional Record. Under Cruz's legislation, undocumented immigrants face additional prison time if they reenter the country after being deported, including a minimum five-year sentence if they were previously convicted of an aggravated felony or of illegally reentering the country twice. The Texas Republican is expected to come to the Senate floor next week to try to pass the...
  • Prison pork prohibition pulled promptly

    10/17/2015 11:02:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 85 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 17, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    In a pig’s eye. Last week we told you about the menu change at federal prisons where pork products disappeared from the table back on October 1st. What was up with that? At the time I wondered whether it had to do with pressure from religious groups who don’t eat pork or perhaps some sort of political shenanigans between the administration and the pork industry. We don’t have all of those answers yet, but the resulting uproar spurred somebody to action and the ban on pork in prison has apparently been ended… at least in part. (Washington Post) After a...
  • Ted Cruz Makes a Stop in Sioux City

    10/13/2015 9:00:58 AM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    siouxlandnews.com ^ | Oct 12, 2015
    SIOUX CITY, IA - Another Presidential candidate visits Sioux City. And this time, he's brought some high–profile friends to the event. Texas Senator Ted Cruz appeared with Iowa Congressman Steve King and Senator Chuck Grassley earlier Monday night at Western Iowa Tech. The event at Western Iowa Tech was an opportunity for Cruz to preach his message, of limited government in a fairly conservative part of the state. Congressman Steve King introduced the Texas Senator, praising Cruz's stance against things like Obamacare and the Iran Deal, but stopping short of fully endorsing him. Cruz says one thing sets him...
  • Sen. Cruz Leads Bicameral Letter Asking GAO to Determine Whether Obama Administration Has Power...

    09/28/2015 10:12:32 AM PDT · by Isara · 39 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | September 28, 2015
    Sen. Cruz Leads Bicameral Letter Asking GAO to Determine Whether Obama Administration Has Power to Give Away the Internet Judiciary Chairmen Grassley and Goodlatte, with Rep. Issa, join Cruz to get answers on whether Administration’s plan violates the Constitution WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an affirmative determination of whether the Obama Administration’s plan...
  • Hillary Clinton Staffer Pushed to Accept Immunity to Testify on Private Server

    09/09/2015 5:54:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/9/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    Two Senate committee chairmen authored a letter to a former Hillary Clinton aide pushing him to accept limited immunity in order to testify before Congress on the set-up of the former secretary of state’s private server.First reported by McClatchy, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, sent the letter to ex-State Department computer staffer Brian Pagliano and his lawyer Friday emphasizing the possibility of an “immunity order.”In response to a subpoena from the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Pagliano’s attorney Mark MacDougall told...
  • Huma Abedin lashing out at Sen. Chuck Grassley for “damaging her reputation”

    08/26/2015 2:42:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Hillary Clinton’s long time confidant, Huma Abedin, is sick and tired of you nasty Republicans dragging her good name through the mud and she’s not going to take it anymore. In response to the mean spirited nature of a Senate Committee asking the State Department to produce certain documents related to her time working for the agency, Abedin’s lawyer has sent a letter to Chuck Grassley telling him he needs to knock off his offensive behavior. (New York Times) A lawyer for Huma Abedin, a top adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, has accused Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the...
  • Trump aligns with Iowa's Chuck Grassley on H-1B Visa Reform

    08/18/2015 9:55:28 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Aug 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Donald Trump has doubled down on his pledge to crack down on H-1B visa abuses and aligned himself with perhaps the most popular politician in all of Iowa, Senator Chuck Grassley. Grassley, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has led the effort to reform the H-1B visa program to better protect American workers who are routinely forced out of their jobs in place of less skilled foreign laborers. Grassley’s Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on the topic after hundreds of workers at Southern California Edison were forced to train their less expensive foreign replacements. As one of the...
  • At Iowa State Fair, Jeb Bush plays the sober adult in a summer of anger

    08/14/2015 10:50:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/14/15 | Philip Rucker
    Jeb Bush stepped onto the fabled soapbox under a broiling sun at the Iowa State Fair here Friday and offered himself to voters as a sober adult campaigning in a summer of anger — a reformer, a consensus-builder, a competent executive who would roll up his sleeves and fix things. "I’m tired of the divides," the former Florida governor said. "I campaign the way that I would govern — out amongst everybody, no rope lines, totally out in the open." Then the fairgoers started asking Bush questions. They asked about the legacy of his brother, a former president. And his...
  • Mitch McConnell: We're Not Going To Defund Planned Parenthood Yet

    08/10/2015 9:31:59 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 84 replies
    http://www.townhall.com ^ | 8/7/2015 | Daniel Davis
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly implied yesterday that he wouldn't push to defund Planned Parenthood in the September appropriations negotiations. McConnell seemed to express fears that such a fight could backfire on public perception of Republicans, particularly if it led to the threat of a government shutdown: "We've been down this path before," McConnell said. "This is a tactic that has been tried going back to the '90s and it always has the same ending — that the focus is on the government shutdown and not on the underlying issue that is being protested. We are not doing government...
  • Top Clinton aide accused of receiving overpayments at State Department (Huma Weiner)

    07/31/2015 7:22:22 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2015 | Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman and Carol D. Leonnig
    State Department investigators concluded this year that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 because of violations of rules governing vacation and sick leave during her tenure as an official in the department. The finding — which Abedin has formally contested — emerged publicly Friday after Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sent letters to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and others seeking more information about an investigation into possible “criminal” conduct by Abedin concerning her pay. The letters also sought the status of an inquiry into whether Abedin had violated conflict-of-interest laws...
  • (2013) Republican Immigration Critic Gets Slapped Down(By Cruz)

    06/12/2015 2:36:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 84 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Fawn Johnson
    The most potent illustration that Republicans have shifted their attitudes on immigration came Tuesday morning when all GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to severely limit the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. The committee’s overwhelming ‘No’ vote shows that the battle for Republicans’ souls on immigration has shifted away from groups that want to reduce the influx of foreigners, like the Heritage Foundation, NumbersUSA, and Fairness for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), toward free-market groups that applaud increased immigration, such as Americans for Tax Reform and the CATO Institute....
  • Munson: Town hall to Twitter, how Grassley went viral

    06/05/2015 5:33:47 AM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Des Moines Register | 6/4/2015 | Kyle Munson
    Gannett paper. Link only: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/kyle-munson/2015/06/04/senator-chuck-grassley-twitter-social-media-boot-camp-iowa/28461121/
  • This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill

    05/31/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by cutty · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/30/2015 | Tyler Durden
    It took just a few days after the stunning defeat of Obama's attempt to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership bill in the Senate at the hands of his own Democratic party, before everything returned back to normal and the TPP fast-track was promptly passed. Why? The simple answer: money. Or rather, even more money. Because while the actual contents of the TPP may be highly confidential, and their public dissemination may lead to prison time for the "perpetrator" of such illegal transparency .... fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments,...
  • Grassley: DOJ gun ban unfair to veterans

    04/19/2015 11:04:19 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Tim Devaney
    The Obama administration is unfairly blocking tens of thousands of military veterans from owning guns, a Republican senator is charging. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is filled with military veterans who are essentially banned from owning guns, even though they may not be a danger to society, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote this week in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The gun ban "effectively voids their Second Amendment rights,” Grassley said. At issue is whether these veterans are suffering from mental illnesses. According to a 2013 Senate report, the Department of...
  • Veterans, Dependents - Disproportionate Share of ‘Mental Defective’ Category on Gun Ban List

    04/16/2015 6:47:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Senator Chuck Grassley ^ | Apr 15, 2015 | Senator Chuck Grassley
    Veterans, Dependents Account for Disproportionate Share of ‘Mental Defective’ Category on Gun Ban List Apr 15, 2015 WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is requesting an explanation for why nearly all of the names on the Justice Department’s gun ban list in the “mental defective” category belong to veterans or their dependents. “It’s disturbing to think that the men and women who dedicated themselves to defending our freedom and values face undue threats to their fundamental Second Amendment rights from the very agency established to serve them. A veteran or dependent shouldn’t lose...
  • The H-1B Visa

    03/29/2015 6:40:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the assurance that the program will not cut into the wages or jobs of American workers, then Washington ought to keep its promise. This month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, held a congressional hearing on the H-1B visa program that eliminated any doubt that some corporations are gaming the system to the severe...
  • Senate GOP asking new questions about emails for Clinton and (Huma) Abedin

    03/28/2015 2:27:53 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-28-15
    Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to learn why Huma Abedin, a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was allowed to keep working at the agency under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically-connected consulting firm. The new requests are being made by Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following revelations that both women used a private Internet server and email accounts for State Department correspondence. Grassley says the earlier requests to the department have been largely ignored, ~snip~ Grassley’s probe started in 2013, when he requested all communications between...
  • Senator Presses for Info on Huma's Special Gov't Status--and Her Emails

    03/19/2015 11:11:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 19 Mar 15 | Daniel Halper
    Senator Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to the State Department to ask about Huma Abedin's special government status when she was a government employee--and for information on Abedin's email use while working for the government. Abedin is a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and worked for the consulting firm Teneo (under a special government employee status) while working for Clinton. "I am writing to follow up on inquiries I have been making since June 13, 2013 and August 15, 2013 regarding the State Department’s use of Special Government Employee (SGE) designations, and in particular, what steps the Department took...
  • EXCLUSIVE: UNION OFFICIAL SAYS ‘CORPORATE GREED’ BEHIND PUSH FOR H-1B VISAS

    03/16/2015 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | by ADELLE NAZARIAN
    A so-called “war on the American worker” has intensified in the Golden State. Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program. “We don’t need foreign workers. We have plenty of Americans who are fully capable and equipped to carry out these jobs. It’s an absolute issue of corporate greed; nothing more nothing less,”...
  • Grassley delivers weekly Republican address, focuses on h uman trafficking

    03/08/2015 4:44:55 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered this week’s Republican address on bipartisan legislation to curb domestic human trafficking.  The legislation passed in the committee by a unanimous vote and will be considered by the full Senate next week.Grassley’s address is available in video and audio formats. You can view the video and a full transcript of Grassley’s remarks are below: “I’m U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. “This year, thousands of minors will be sexually trafficked in the United States. “Through threats or deceit human traffickers will force children and teenagers into servitude for cheap...
  • GOP cools on Loretta Lynch

    02/16/2015 9:06:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    President Obama’s pick to serve as the next attorney general is having a hard time finding Republican supporters. To be confirmed by the Senate, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch only needs four Republicans to support her nomination. But it is unclear where those votes will come from. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) is the only Republican so far who has signaled his intention to vote for Lynch, though several others have spoken favorably about her. But many Republicans are expressing concerns about Lynch's stance on immigration and what they suggest is a lack of “independence" from the White House. Lynch’s confirmation...
  • Sharyl Attkisson to Testify on ‘Free Press Issues’ at Attorney General Nomination Hearing

    01/27/2015 11:14:29 PM PST · by upchuck · 4 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Former CBS reporter and Daily Signal senior independent contributor Sharyl Attkisson will testify at this weekÂ’s confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch, who was nominated by President Obama to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General. Attkisson, who was invited to speak on a panel of witnesses by the Senate Judiciary Committee led by Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will address issues concerning freedom of the press.She tells The Daily Signal: The Senate Judiciary Committee is concerned about a number of free press issues, as are many journalists. They want to touch on some of those issues at the hearing for the attorney...
  • Ted Cruz Gets Praised by Sen. Chuck Grassley

    01/25/2015 9:01:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) once supported President Reagan’s amnesty for illegal aliens back in the 1980’s, but has since stated that he and others made a mistake in doing so. He now supports a piece-meal approach to immigration reform as opposed to a comprehensive approach to fixing the existing immigration problem. During a brief Q & A with the veteran Senator at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Grassley laid out what he feels first needs to be done in any immigration reform bill and then talks about what he feels his colleague Senator Ted Cruz is doing...
  • Cruz, King propose legislation to revoke citizenship of those joining terrorists

    01/24/2015 2:42:18 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    p>The summit, which Ed is covering live, is breaking all sorts of news. One interesting item to come out this weekend is a new proposal from Steve King in the House and Ted Cruz in the Senate which would strip the US citizenship of any persons who sign on to fight with ISIS or other terrorist groups. Two arch-conservatives unveiled legislation on Friday to revoke the U.S. citizenship of anyone who seeks to join a group designated by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.The Expatriate Terrorist Act, offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX),...
  • 2016 retirements could complicate Dems' comeback plans (RATS Boxer, Reid - OUT!)

    11/30/2014 8:30:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats hope to take back control of the Senate in 2016, but their plans could be complicated by potential retirements. The two Democratic senators most likely to retire are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who represent both sides of the party’s ideological spectrum. Boxer, whose fourth term expires at the end of 2016, has a paltry $149,000 in her campaign account, less than almost every other senator facing election next year. As the nation’s most populous state, California is expensive to cover with advertising. If Boxer decides to run for reelection, she would face a major fundraising...
  • GOP Introduces Bill That Would Enforce Ebola Travel Ban

    11/21/2014 9:28:47 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 21 replies
    Travel Pulse ^ | November 21, 2014 | Patrick Clarke
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is among a group of five Republican senators who introduced a bill this week that, if passed, would impose a travel ban preventing those in countries currently afflicted by Ebola from coming to the United States. A release on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's official website detailed the legislation. Rubio and Grassley are joined by Sens. Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.). Under the proposed bill, people living in countries experiencing "widespread transmission of Ebola" as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be unable to acquire a visa to...
  • MSNBC: Harkin comments about Joni Ernst are “stupid”, could backfire on Braley

    11/03/2014 5:49:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | November 3, 2014
    Over the weekend Senator Harkin, while campaigning for Bruce Braley, suggested that people may vote for Joni Ernst because she’s really attractive and sounds nice, but they shouldn’t be fooled by that. MSNBC this morning called the comments stupid and said it’s likely they could backfire on Braley:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)This morning Joni Ernst went on Fox and Friends and called the Senator’s words offensive:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)As we know already Ernst has jumped to a nice 7-point lead over Braley and while Harkin’s comment’s may not backfire, it certainly won’t help Braley either.
  • Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats

    09/08/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Guy Benson
    Jim Geragthy, acclaimed author and National Review’s chief campaign analyst, has been grousing about the lack of quality polling in key Senate races this year. His frustration is well-founded. So yesterday must have felt like Christmas in September for Jim and political junkies everywhere, as two pollsters released a deluge of surveys covering the most contested races in the country. In light of the results, I’d expect that national Republicans are kicking off the week with an extra spring in their step, as well. We were leaked an advance copy of last week’s much-anticipated Politico/GWU Battleground poll, which was packed...
  • 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-...
  • Democrats highlight Ernst statement on Iraq situation

    08/12/2014 6:07:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    radioiowa.com ^ | August12, 2014 | O. Kay Henderson
    Iowa Democrats and Bruce Braley’s campaign are drawing attention to comments Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst made during an ABC interview late last week. “What we see going on in Iraq right now, if this current administration had followed guidance from military leaders many years ago, we would not be in this situation,” Ernst said. Jeff Zeleny, ABC’s Senior Washington correspondent, asked: “Do you support the limited airstrikes that were started this morning?” Ernst replied: “I can say is what I would have supported is leaving additional troops in Iraq longer and perhaps we wouldn’t have this situation today.”...
  • Iowa Dem candidate, attorney slammed for appearing to claim he’s a farmer

    07/08/2014 11:50:08 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/8/2014
    Republicans are seizing on a video that appears to show Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley claiming to be a farmer -- even though he's an attorney and U.S. congressman. The web video was flagged by the conservative America Rising PAC, and later by The Des Moines Register. It comes after the same candidate got in a bit of trouble earlier this year for making remarks seen as disparaging to farmers. In the latest video, Braley is seen walking along an Independence Day parade route when he approaches two kids and gives one a high-five. Someone can be heard saying:...
  • 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, Iowa—State 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 Kaufmann’s father—the newly elected chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. “Let me apologize to you: I’m 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 Braley’s comments disparaging Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” at a Texas trial lawyer fundraiser. Grassley, who regularly...
  • REVEALED: GOP Senator Targeted by Lois Lerner

    06/25/2014 5:36:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Ways and Means investigation uncovers push to audit Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced the Internal Revenue Service’s (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 Chuck Grassley (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 examination against...