Grassley ranks as ‘most effective lawmaker’ in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, earned the top spot as the “most effective lawmaker” in the U.S. Senate for the 115th Congress, according to a nonpartisan analysis conducted by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.

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Senator Grassley is working as hard as ever to represent Iowans in the United States Senate. He is the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he leads the effort to reduce prescription drug prices, hold Big Tech accountable for unconstitutional censorship, protect the Second Amendment and hold the line on efforts to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. A taxpayer watchdog, Grassley fights wasteful spending and holds senior positions on the Senate Finance, Budget and Agriculture Committees, leveraging these influential platforms to champion issues affecting Rural America, from health care to renewable energy and agriculture. In January, Senator Grassley started his 41st consecutive year holding meetings with Iowans at least once every year in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Thanks for your continued support. Keep in touch!

Avalanche of Endorsements Roll in from Iowa Leaders 

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 24, 2021

Avalanche of Endorsements Roll in from Iowa Leaders 

Ernst, Reynolds, Miller-Meeks, Hinson, Feenstra, Gregg, Naig, Pate Endorse Grassley on Re-Election Campaign Announcement Day 

BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA — Iowa’s top elected officials today endorsed Sen. Chuck Grassley of New Hartford shortly after he announced his campaign for re-election and hit the trail running. The strong showing of support from every federal and statewide GOP official is a testament to Grassley’s leadership and unparalleled work on behalf of Iowans.
 
“Every day, we’re working together as a team to deliver results for Iowans. I’m grateful to serve alongside these dedicated public servants,” Grassley said.
 
Sen. Joni Ernst: There’s no one I’d rather serve the people of #Iowa with. #GrassleyRuns, @GrassleyWorks, & #GrassleyDelivers—and Iowans know it. I’m with Chuck!
 
Gov. Kim Reynolds: #GrassleyWorks and delivers for Iowa every single day. I am so proud to support his campaign for another term in the United States Senate!
 
Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks: I’m proud to support Chuck Grassley for re-election! I have seen up close his tremendous work ethic and his never-quit attitude. We need that now more than ever in the US Senate!
 
Rep. Ashley Hinson: I’m all in for @GrassleyWorks and am behind him 100 percent for his re-election campaign! Let's keep Iowa red and Abby Finkenauer out of the United States Senate.
 
Rep. Randy Feenstra: I’m proud to endorse my friend @GrassleyWorks for re-election. Now, more than ever, we need Senator Grassley fighting for our families, farmers and rural main streets in the Senate. Together we will deliver results for Iowa! #Grassleyworks
 
Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg: @ChuckGrassley is the gold standard of service in the Senate and continues to show up every day for his constituents. I’m proud to support his re-election. Thank you Senator!
 
Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig: This is such great news. The people of Iowa need a strong voice for agriculture and rural communities in the United State Senate, and that’s exactly what you get with @ChuckGrassley 
 
Secretary of State Paul Pate: Proud to call Chuck Grassley a friend and have him represent me in the U.S. Senate. I'd congratulate him on running but running is part of his regular morning routine. #GrassleyWorks for Iowa.

Grassley Announces He’s Running for Re-Election to Continue Serving Iowans

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 24, 2021

Grassley Announces He’s Running for Re-Election to Continue Serving Iowans

BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA—After waking up at 4 a.m. for his morning run, Sen. Chuck Grassley of New Hartford, Iowa, a family farmer and Iowa’s longest serving U.S. senator, announced on Twitter he is running for re-election to continue his work of representing Iowans in the United States Senate. Today and tomorrow, Grassley will meet with Iowans in a variety of settings to discuss issues important to our communities, schools, businesses, farms and families. An advisory of Grassley’s schedule can be found below.

“Serving Iowans in the United States Senate is a tremendous honor. I’m working as hard as ever for the people of Iowa and there’s more work to do. In a time of crisis and polarization, Iowa needs strong, effective leadership. I’m focused on serving the people of Iowa as your senator and fighting for policies that will make Iowa an even better place to raise a family and grow a business,” Grassley said. “As I travel throughout Iowa holding Q&As at my annual 99 county meetings, Iowans have encouraged me to continue my work representing them. I’m glad to have the support of Iowans and I will work as hard as ever to earn their continued support in the months ahead. Iowans know how seriously I take my work representing them in the U.S. Senate to solve problems, which is why I never miss a vote. For example, I’m leading the effort to lower the cost of prescription drugs, give independent cattle producers a fair market, secure our border, protect the renewable fuel standard, and hold government accountable to the people. Barbara and I look forward to talking with Iowans across the state as we build a winning campaign focused on issues that are most important to Iowans.”

Grassley has served Iowans in the U.S. Senate since 1981, rising to the heights of Senate leadership while continuing to fulfill his annual commitment to hold at least one Q&A in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. From his roles leading the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees, to serving as Senate president pro tempore, Grassley has leveraged his relationships, seniority and experience to deliver on behalf of Iowans. Grassley has consistently been recognized as one of the most bipartisan and effective senators, according to independent analysis conducted by GovTrack and the Lugar Center at Georgetown University. Grassley’s bipartisan leadership has delivered solutions for Iowa in key policy areas including trade, health care, tax, agriculture, juvenile and criminal justice, the judiciary, antitrust, foster care, immigration, whistleblower protection and government oversight, transparency and accountability.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
Q&A on public safety with eastern Iowa law enforcement officials
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. CT

Mr. Beans
1080 East Post Road
Marion
Open media availability: 9:15 a.m. CT

Q&A on Sen. Grassley’s efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs
11:15 a.m.-noon CT

Davenport Country Club
25500 Valley Drive
Pleasant Valley
Open media availability: noon CT

Meet & Greet with Iowans at Dairy Queen
640 16th Avenue Southeast
Dyersville
Open media availability 2:15 p.m. CT

National Cattle Congress
4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. CT
257 Ansborough Avenue
Waterloo
Open media availability 4:30 p.m. CT

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
Governor Kim Reynolds Annual Harvest Festival
4:30-7 p.m. CT

Elwell Family Food Center
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Des Moines
Press should confirm their RSVP to [email protected]

Chuck Grassley guest column: On the heels of a bipartisan infrastructure victory, Democrats push partisan spending spree

One common theme surfaces at nearly every meeting: “How come Washington can’t get along and get anything done?” Iowans are fed up with dysfunction and gridlock in Washington.

This week, the Senate showed that we are capable of working together. Unfortunately, the Democrats refused to turn the page on partisanship and pivoted to a reckless budget that would cost $4.2 trillion when including new interest payments and discretionary spending.

Read the rest of the article here.

Traveling to each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year, I hear from Iowans on matters ranging from health care, taxes, agriculture, immigration, child care and labor shortages, natural disasters and infrastructure.
A ‘Death Knell’ Tax Threatens Family Farms and Businesses

As former chairman and taxpayer watchdog serving on the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, I’m girding for my next dogfight. President Biden has set his sights on enacting a new death tax on top of the existing estate tax. Yes, it’s as unfair as it sounds. The Democrats want to reach into the grave and tax Americans’ lifelong savings to pay for cradle-to-grave entitlements.

Mr. Biden’s plan would subject the on-paper-only gain of property and assets to new federal taxes when Americans transfer ownership to the next generation. This progressive dream come true is a nightmare for economic freedom in America.

On the campaign trail, Mr. Biden vowed that none of his tax increases would hit the middle class. He claims eliminating “step-up in basis”—the starting point for assessing capital-gains taxes—wouldn’t harm America’s family farms and businesses.

When you’ve served in Congress as long as I have—I arrived in the House in 1975 and the Senate in 1981—it’s not surprising to see ghosts rise from the legislative cemetery. Consider the Tax Revenue Act of 1976. Big spenders figured they found a cash cow to milk by capturing a greater share of inherited assets, in addition to the estate tax. The law sought to impose carryover basis—applying capital gains taxes on the original purchase price of assets on death to the beneficiaries of property, farmland, assets and securities.

Read the rest of the article here.

As former chairman and taxpayer watchdog serving on the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, I’m girding for my next dogfight. President Biden has set his sights on enacting a new death tax on top of the existing estate tax. Yes, it’s as unfair as it sounds. The Democrats want to reach into the grave and tax Americans’ lifelong savings to pay for cradle-to-grave entitlements.
Grassley ranks as ‘most effective lawmaker’ in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, earned the top spot as the “most effective lawmaker” in the U.S. Senate for the 115th Congress, according to a nonpartisan analysis conducted by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.

“Iowans expect their elected representatives to work hard and represent the interests of our great state here in the nation’s Capitol,” Grassley said. “Using my key committee assignments, I’m able to leverage my seniority and give Iowa a seat of influence at the policymaking tables. It’s an honor to serve and help make life better for hard-working Iowans.”

The analysis recognized Grassley’s expansive legislative portfolio, counting 73 bills he wrote to address a broad range of issues important to Iowans, including farm conservation and renewable energy, criminal and juvenile justice reform, prescription drug prices, student debt, foster care, drug addiction, mental health, school safety, rural health care, victims’ rights and veterans’ services.

“For the third time in his career, Senator Grassley has ranked as the most effective Senate lawmaker,” said Craig Volden, Ph.D., professor of public policy and politics, associate dean for academic affairs, University of Virginia and co-director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking. “As he moves to chair the Senate Finance Committee in the new Congress, the Center for Effective Lawmaking will be interested in watching how he translates his lawmaking skills to this new role.”

Read the rest of the article here.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, earned the top spot as the “most effective lawmaker” in the U.S. Senate for the 115th Congress, according to a nonpartisan analysis conducted by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.
Secretive pharmacy middlemen drive up Iowans’ drug costs

Iowa’s U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley again is turning his attention to exorbitant pharmaceutical prices.

Grassley this year has filed a series of bipartisan bills meant to give Americans access to cheaper drugs. He’s calling special attention to an industry of secretive middlemen in the pharmacy business.

Grassley and his fellow Republicans are firmly opposed to price-setting regulations, but they see a role for the federal government to play in ensuring transparency in the industry. Market forces are conspicuously absent in the health care industry, which conservative reformers say leads to higher prices and worse outcomes.

“The pricing supply chain needs a big dose of transparency to rein in anti-competitive shenanigans that cause sticker shock at the pharmacy counter,” Grassley wrote in a recent statement.

Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, work between insurance companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers to negotiate drug prices. In theory, they are intended to keep drug prices down but in practice they might be responsible for driving up drug costs.

The companies, Grassley says, operate under “a web of secrecy.” They often arrange discounts in the form of rebates, but due to a lack of transparency in the system, some unknown portion of those savings are withheld by PBMs instead of being passed along to consumers. That gives them an incentive to keep prices high so they can reap bigger rebates.

Read the full article HERE.

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