Commentary

  • 09.15.2021

    The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee came to Iowa recently to pitch the Democrats’ partisan $4.2 trillion budget blueprint. Senate Democrats passed the plan in a party line vote during a marathon session that stretched into the wee hours of August 11. When college students pull all-nighters, they’re cramming to pass a test. When Majority Leader...
  • 08.11.2021

    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...
  • 07.19.2021

    ICYMI: 2020 Saw a Scary Increase in U.S. Drug Overdoses. We Must Take National Action to Help Communities at Risk By Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Dianne Feinstein of CaliforniaTIME The rate of drug overdoses in the U.S. accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, worsening an existing public health crisis, and the numbers are staggering. The Centers for...
  • 06.01.2021

    When COVID-19 sent the world into a global public health emergency, fall-out from the pandemic turned daily life upside down. Many people lost their jobs through no fault of their own, creating financial hardship for families to put food on the table and pay their bills. On top of that, school closures and isolation protocols in nursing homes added more...
  • 05.24.2021

    By Sen. Chuck Grassley of IowaThe Quad City Times This year, the Children’s Bureau’s National Foster Care Month initiative is focused on bringing to light ways that organizations can authentically engage youth in decision-making about their own future. When I first founded the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth in 2009 with then-Senator Landrieu, one of the...
  • 05.11.2021

    A recent Register editorial backed President Joe Biden’s plan to throw an additional $80 billion in taxpayer money back at the IRS to recoup unpaid taxes. These pages said I “should be leading the charge to ensure tax scofflaws are pursued.” The Register failed to recognize that I’ve been leading this charge for years. As a taxpayer...
  • 05.02.2021

    America’s application of jurisprudence – our court and trial system – was arguably on trial this month for all the world to see from the Hennepin County Courthouse in America’s heartland. Former police officer Derek Chauvin’s televised murder trial pulled back the curtain for anyone to watch our justice system at work during one of the most tumultuous times...
  • 04.20.2021

    Op-Ed: Packing the court strikes out independent judiciaryBy Sen. Chuck GrassleyWashington Examiner Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used his bully pulpit to try to pack the Supreme Court. He struck out, and in the 1938 midterm elections, his party lost 72 seats in the House of Representatives and seven seats in the Senate. As they say, history...
  • 03.11.2021

    A recent misleading Register editorial praised the Senate’s approval of additional coronavirus aid, and claimed that we opposed a litany of coronavirus policies included in the package. The board argued that because a $1.9 trillion spending bill, filled with unrelated and wasteful provisions, passed on a party-line basis, we turned our backs...
  • 03.08.2021

    For nearly 12 months and counting, COVID-19 has disrupted lives and livelihoods across America and the entire world. Here in Iowa, the breadbasket to the world, hardworking Iowans continue to do what we do best: get food from farm to fork, from one generation to the next. As I continue my annual 99 county meetings, I’ve witnessed that no matter the setting...
  • 02.16.2021

    For generations, school kids went to bed dreaming about the possibility of a snow day. No one would have imagined today’s scenario. When winter storms blanketed the Midwest and moved to the East Coast, the bedtime prayers for millions of students asked higher powers that be to let them return to the classroom. When the coronavirus pandemic first reached our...
  • 01.22.2021

    Don’t Exploit Pandemic to Enact Liberal Laundry ListBy U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa In my final hearing chairing the Senate Finance Committee, President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as the 78th U.S Treasury secretary told lawmakers we must “act big” to restore the economy capsized by COVID-19. At her confirmation hearing held the day...
  • 01.20.2021

    by Sen. Chuck Grassley Quad-Cities Times & The Courier   As Iowa turned the page on a year brimming with hardship, from a deadly pandemic and economic fallout, to civic unrest, a derecho and divisive presidential election, the New Year got off on the wrong foot.   Forty-six years ago this month, I swore an oath to the Constitution as a newly elected...
  • 12.28.2020

    2020 gave us silver linings and lessons to be learnedBy Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa It’s been a rough year. We started 2020 with all eyes on Iowa for the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating contest. The Iowa caucuses took place under the cloud of a presidential impeachment. That surreal moment in history was eclipsed by a deadly virus that...
  • 12.02.2020

    End the Taxpayer Giveaway to Big Oil and GasCongress should raise the royalty rates on federal lands.By Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Tom Udall of New Mexico One hundred years ago, Congress passed the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, setting up a system in which companies lease public lands to wrest valuable oil and gas from the ground. In the century...
  • 10.23.2020

    Clear Out Unused Medicines on National Take-Back DayBy U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst Do you have unused medication from last year’s harvest prescribed to treat back pain still in the medicine cabinet? Or, perhaps diabetic test strips piling up or pain pills prescribed months ago for your teen’s wisdom teeth...
  • 10.21.2020

    Don’t Let COVID-19 Delay Breast Health ScreeningsBy Barbara Grassley So many life events and celebrations, from graduations to birthdays and weddings have been impacted by the pandemic. Earlier this year, when schools shut down and entire sectors of the economy closed to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, it also put the brakes on...
  • 09.10.2020

    Lessons in Political Leadership from 9/11By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa This week, we observe the 19th anniversary of 9/11. We honor the memory of three thousand souls whose lives were stolen for the sole purpose of inflicting terror upon 300 million Americans. We grieve with their loved ones left behind and salute first responders who selflessly put...
  • 09.08.2020

    ICYMI: For 40 years and counting, I've visited every county, every yearHolding in-person meetings provides a reality check on what really matters in people’s lives.By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa From flat tires and empty gas tanks, to icy roads, speeding tickets, and yes, deer in the headlights, I’ve enjoyed every minute of every...
  • 09.08.2020

    ICYMI: Historic derecho tests pandemic-weary IowansBy Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa In my years of farming and representing Iowans throughout the past half-century, I’ve never seen such widespread, catastrophic damage in our state. Uprooted and stripped century-old trees, mile after square mile of flattened cornfields and mangled grain bins from one...