Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Rep. Miller-Meeks Won Fair and Square
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

 
Congress should not overturn a legal, state-certified election.
 
I defended President Trump’s right to litigate claims of election irregularities in our independent court system and deferred to the judgments of independent judges.
 
I was initially criticized for that position by partisans on the left who wanted me to make some sort of independent determination of election claims before the courts had ruled.
 
I maintained my deference to independent judges once the courts had ruled and Trump partisans did not like the rulings, leading to criticism from the right.
 
When objections were raised to counting certain states’ electoral votes based on questioning state-certified elections, I voted against overturning those elections.
 
My position remains the same with respect to the state-certified election of Representative Miller-Meeks, who now ably represents Iowa’s Second Congressional District.
 
Her opponent chose to forgo her right under Iowa law to present any claims of election irregularities to an independent panel of judges. That’s because, under Iowa law, she has no legal claim.
 
Representative Miller-Meeks won fair and square, as certified by Iowa’s bipartisan Election Board.
 
The House Administration Committee is moving forward with a process to overturn this certified election, stating it will “exercise its discretion to depart from Iowa law.”
 
I want to hear from every one of my colleagues that decried overturning state-certified elections in January if they still hold that position.
 
Attention in the press gallery: I got asked more times than I can count if I accepted the results of the presidential election.
 

It would be a timely and relevant question to ask senators in the hallways if they accept the certified election of Representative Miller-Meeks.