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01.30.19

Grassley, Naig: Trade is Top Issue for Iowa Agriculture

Trade is Top Issue for Iowa AgricultureBy Senator Chuck Grassley and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike NaigAs we start the new year and look ahead to what we as public servants can achieve, there are a number of important issues facing Iowa’s agricultural industry where our roles on the state and federal levels intersect. Recently, one issue has been defending and advocating on behalf of biofuels workers and the farmers who grow the made-in-America fuel. Working together, along with U.S.… Continue Reading


01.29.19

Grassley Receives Description of Changes to U.S. Law Needed for U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation

WASHINGTON - In a letter to U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer submitted a description of changes to existing laws needed to bring the United States into compliance with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).“This is an important step required under U.S. law to implement the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada,” Grassley said. “Congress has to carefully consider the agreement and work out the detai… Continue Reading


01.29.19

Grassley Statement at Hearing on Drug Pricing in America

NOTE: Below are prepared remarks by Senator Chuck Grassley on returning as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee followed by his prepared statement for the hearing on Drug Pricing in America.Before we begin, I wanted to say a few words about returning as chairman.Twelve years ago, when I last sat in this chair, we got a lot done. Nearly all of it was bipartisan.I’m eager to pick up where we left off. It may be a bit harder to get bipartisan work done these days, but I hope we can prove… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Grassley Presses HHS, CMS for Medicare Overpayments for Lab Services

WASHINGTON - Following recent a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is pressing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to explain the potential for a striking increase in costs to Medicare for laboratory services.“The Administration ought to be doing all it can to ensure fiscal responsibility prevails when it comes to Medicare payments. It’s the right thing to do for pa… Continue Reading


01.24.19

Grassley, Wyden Release Bill to Crack Down on Big Pharma Games

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden of Oregon today reintroduced the Right Rebate Act, which would close a loophole in Medicaid that has allowed pharmaceutical manufacturers to misclassify their drugs and overcharge taxpayers by billions of dollars and provide HHS with additional authorities to ensure drugs are properly classified.“Drug manufacturers that make millions from government programs like Med… Continue Reading


01.23.19

Grassley, Blunt, 20 Senate Colleagues Demand Answers on Changes to National Liver Distribution Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, led 20 of their Senate colleagues in sending a bipartisanletter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demanding answers to a recent change in the national liver distribution policy made by the Organ Procurement and Transpl… Continue Reading


01.23.19

Grassley Seeks Details on U.S. Olympic Committee’s Response Following Nassar Scandal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is calling on the U.S. Olympic Committee to outline steps being taken to support athletes affected by the recent sexual assault scandal and prevent future abuse of athletes. Recent legislation passed by Congress expanded the Olympic Committee’s purpose to include a focus on providing a safe environment that is free from abuse of any amateur athlete. In a letter to the Olympic Committee, Grassley is … Continue Reading


01.23.19

Grassley Announces First Finance Committee Hearing of 116th Congress

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today announced a hearing titled “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part I” scheduled to convene at 10:15 a.m. ET on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The hearing will be the first in a series of hearings scrutinizing prescription drug pricing and considering policy and oversight solutions to lower costs for American patients.“As I’ve stated time and again, addressing the sky-high cost of prescription drugs is a prio… Continue Reading


01.18.19

Grassley Seeks More Information on Foreign Threats to U.S. Research Institutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and senior member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today wrote to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) requesting information about the threats posed by foreign actors seeking to steal U.S. intellectual property by exploiting U.S. research institutions and the vetting processes in place regarding researchers a… Continue Reading


01.14.19

Grassley Op-ed: Top priority is reducing health care costs

Grassley: Top priority is reducing health care costsU.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of IowaAs Americans, we’re blessed to live in a nation where investments and innovations in health care help millions of people every day to manage and overcome their illnesses. Yet the escalating prices of prescription drugs are a daily concern for every American in need of them. In fact, it’s one of the top concerns I hear from Iowans at my annual 99 county meetings as well as through phone calls and emails… Continue Reading


01.11.19

VIDEO: Grassley Discusses Finance Committee Priorities on Morning TV

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, discussed trade, health and tax issues as well as his top priorities for the Senate Finance Committee this morning on Squawk Box on CNBC and Daybreak on Bloomberg TV. Video of the interviews can be found here and here and below. Grassley’s agenda for the Senate Finance Committee for the 116th Congress can be found here.Squawk Box on CNBC Daybreak on Bloomberg TV -30-… Continue Reading


01.11.19

VIDEO: Grassley Discusses Finance Committee Priorities on Morning TV

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, discussed trade, health and tax issues as well as his top priorities for the Senate Finance Committee this morning on Squawk Box on CNBC and Daybreak on Bloomberg TV. Video of the interviews can be found here and here and below. Grassley’s agenda for the Senate Finance Committee for the 116th Congress can be found here. Squawk Box on CNBC Daybreak on Bloomberg TV … Continue Reading


01.11.19

VIDEO: Grassley Discusses Finance Committee Priorities on Morning TV

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, discussed trade, health and tax issues as well as his top priorities for the Senate Finance Committee this morning on Squawk Box on CNBC and Daybreak on Bloomberg TV. Video of the interviews can be found here and here and below. Grassley’s agenda for the Senate Finance Committee for the 116th Congress can be found here.Squawk Box on CNBC Daybreak on Bloomberg TV -30-… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Grassley Op-ed: Building on the success of tax reform

Grassley: Building on the success of tax reform U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa At my family farm in New Hartford, when our family gathers around the kitchen table, we don't talk about the latest news in Washington, D.C. We talk about our soybean harvest and what we need to plan for in the coming year. We talk about our children's jobs, our grandchildren's education and events happening in the community. These are the things that matter to families in Iowa and throughout the country. Too… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Grassley Op-ed: Free, fair trade will continue to be priority for Finance Committee

Grassley: Free, fair trade will continue to be priority for Finance CommitteeU.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of IowaIowans understand how important trade is to our state. Iowa’s economy depends on fair and free trade. It’s one of the top issues Iowans talk to me about during my 99 annual county meetings, through calls and emails and when Iowans visit my office in Washington, D.C.The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a topic of debate since before Presi… Continue Reading

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