Senator Grassley is a member of the following Senate committees:
Committee on Finance. At the start of the 116th Congress in January 2019, Senator Grassley resumed chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee, where he served as either Ranking Member or Chairman of this committee from 2001 through 2010. His priorities for the committee’s agenda include reducing prescription drug prices, expanding access to affordable health care, enacting trade agreements to expand markets for U.S. goods and services and building upon the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Senator Grassley has called this committee the quality of life committee because of the committee’s jurisdiction, which includes all tax matters, health care, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, social services, unemployment compensation, tariffs and international trade. Legislation acted on by the Committee on Finance raises virtually all federal revenue, and expenditures authorized by this committee represent as much as two-thirds of the federal budget.
Committee on the Judiciary. Senator Grassley has served on this committee every year that he’s served in the Senate. He served four years as chairman from 2015-2018 during which time he led passage of historic bipartisan criminal justice reform, known as the First Step Act. As chairman, he also steered through 85 federal judges to lifetime appointments, including two Supreme Court justices. The Committee on the Judiciary is one of the Senate’s original standing committees and has a broad and influential jurisdiction, including crime, antitrust, bankruptcy, intellectual property, the federal courts and judges, civil liberties, constitutional law and amendments and immigration.
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Both on and off the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Grassley is an outspoken and effective voice for American agriculture. Senator Grassley farms corn and soybeans 50-50 with his son in Butler County, Iowa, and works to stay in close touch with the realities facing producers of farm commodities, including livestock. The Agriculture Committee is responsible for federal farm program policy, nutrition programs and forestry matters, as well as oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Committee on the Budget. Senator Grassley is a senior member of this committee, which is responsible for drafting an annual budget plan for Congress. The budget resolution prepared by the Budget Committee sets out a broad blueprint for Congress with respect to the total levels of revenues and spending for the federal government as a whole. Other committees in the Senate and House of Representatives prepare the legislation that establishes specific tax and spending policies.
Joint Committee on Taxation. Senator Grassley will serve as Vice Chairman of this committee in 2019 and as Chairman in 2020. The leadership roles alternate between the respective chairs of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways & Means Committee. Members include five senators who serve on the Finance Committee and five members of the House of Representatives who serve on the Committee on Ways and Means. The Joint Committee reports on the effects of taxes and the administration of taxes.
Senator Grassley is a founding member of the following Senate caucuses:
Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. Senator Grassley is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair with Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Senate Cystic Fibrosis Caucus. Senator Grassley is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of this caucus with Sen. Edward Markey.
The Whistleblower Protection Caucus. Senator Grassley is the Co-Founder and Chairman of this caucus.
Senator Grassley serves on the following caucuses in the 116th Congress:
Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus. Co-Chair with Sen. Dick Durbin
Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Senate National Guard Caucus
Congressional Trademark Caucus
Mississippi River Caucus
Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Rural Health Caucus
Senate Taiwan Caucus
Senate General Aviation Caucus
Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Congressional French Caucus
Senate India Caucus
Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus
Financial Security and Life Insurance Caucus
Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus
Congressional TRIO Caucus