Commentary

  • 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...
  • 07.29.2020

    ICYMI: Health care price transparency bill can reduce costs and boost national economic recoveryBy Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Mike Braun of Indiana The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic fallout have exposed America's broken health care system once again. Countless patients are returning home from the hospital with no knowledge of...
  • 07.28.2020

    Coronavirus pandemic has accelerated need to cut drug pricesPartisan obstructionists who would rather seize political advantage than enact bipartisan drug pricing reform are bottom feeders of the swamp.By Sens. Chuck Grassley and Martha McSally Partisan obstructionists who would rather seize political advantage than enact bipartisan drug pricing reform...
  • 07.02.2020

    ICYMI: History Gives Us Hindsight in 2020By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa As we approach Independence Day, let’s remember why we celebrate and defend our blessings of freedom, liberty and justice for all. In these uncertain times, America’s promise is more important than ever. There’s a saying among the faithful that God won’t...
  • 06.29.2020

    Democrats walked away from negotiations, and too many Republicans are sitting on their hands.By Sen. Chuck Grassley of IowaChairman, Senate Finance Committee  Many issues that were top of mind only a few months ago have been sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic, its economic fallout, and social unrest related to police brutality and racial inequality....
  • 06.29.2020

    ICYMI: Threat of meat shortages is growing. Senate needs to act now.American farmers and ranchers are facing a grave crisis, and it could hurt every family who buys meat at a grocery store.By Sens. Chuck Grassley and Jon Tester As two farmers from rural America who moonlight as U.S. senators, we know that many folks who live in urban centers may be...
  • 06.18.2020

    ICYMI: A History Lesson for Newly Minted Watchdog WarriorsBy Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa in the Washington Post In 2008, Congress unanimously approved the Inspector General Reform Act to promote political independence of agency watchdogs and discourage outside interference with their duty to combat fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. This law followed a...
  • 06.16.2020

    WTO Needs Reform to Be the World’s Nimble Trade RefereeIt’s in American interests to lead the way to a fairer playing field.By Sen. Chuck Grassley of IowaChairman, Senate Finance Committee Pursuing and promoting global economic freedom is an integral part of the American story. And the World Trade Organization is an important chapter in it....
  • 05.14.2020

    Our way of life depends on affordable, 21st century curesBy Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Mike Braun of Indiana When it comes to treatments and lifesaving cures, the U.S. healthcare system is second to none. This is why, when a loved one receives a cancer diagnosis, or a parent is told her child has diabetes, we can bear such unsettling news with a...
  • 05.11.2020

    Don’t let the Pentagon dip into its bag of old tricks By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Franklin “Chuck” Spinney The Pentagon might be reaching into its bag of old tricks to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Don’t worry. As taxpayer watchdogs, we’ve got its number. We’ve spent decades tracking...
  • 04.20.2020

    Iowa agriculture plows ahead on front lines of pandemic By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig As crop farmers charge ahead into the spring planting season, livestock producers are putting in longer hours to keep meat, dairy and eggs on the grocery store shelves. As a leading producer of corn, soybeans, pork,...
  • 04.17.2020

    Saluting heroes, helpers and Iowans hunkering down Iowans of all ages are coping with the disruption affecting life events, from weddings, funerals and graduations to sports seasons and birthday celebrations. By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa Countless lessons await medical scholars, political scientists, economists and students of history when...
  • 04.17.2020

    Coronavirus-damaged businesses deserve financial relief By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa For the first time in our nation’s history, a pandemic has closed the economy, shutting down businesses, schools and our way of life. Congress acted swiftly to respond to the public health emergency and triage the economic fall-out. The $2.2 trillion...
  • 04.16.2020

    An Ounce Of Coronavirus Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure By Sens. Chuck Grassley and Bill Cassidy It’s no longer business as usual in America. Let’s end business as usual in Washington. The coronavirus pandemic is creating extraordinary times that call upon us to be ready for the next one. When public health experts warned of an...
  • 03.17.2020

    Lessons are unfolding from the coronavirus pandemic, a test of our civic duty By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa This week, I scheduled a dozen county meetings in keeping with my annual tour across the state to keep in touch with Iowans. Like many events, my meetings are postponed. The coronavirus outbreak is disrupting society and everyday...
  • 02.18.2020

    Religious freedoms under attack – U.S. can promote and protect liberty globally By Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa The Declaration of Independence recognizes each individual is endowed with inalienable rights. Americans cherish our blessings of freedom, including the rights of individuals to worship freely. From one generation to the next,...
  • 01.28.2020

    USMCA paves the way for productivity and prosperity Expanded markets in Mexico and Canada are good news in Iowa for farm and industrial manufacturing workers, dairy farmers and small-business owners By Sen. Chuck Grassley Skeptics of President Donald Trump’s bold way of negotiating trade ate a bit of crow this month. That includes...
  • 01.03.2020

    Let Americans unwrap savings on prescription medicineBy Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lisa Murkowski These days it’s seems there’s scant agreement about much of anything in Washington. However, outside of the nation’s capital, Americans share full-throated agreement on an issue that really matters: the sky rocketing prices they pay for...
  • 12.31.2019

    Unwrapping 2019 and Looking Ahead to 2020By U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley At the start of 2019, I became only the second U.S. senator from Iowa to be sworn in as Senate president pro tempore, one of only two constitutional officers in Congress. As the most senior lawmaker in the Senate Majority, it’s an honor to serve in this leadership position on...