ICYMI: Editorial Boards Praise Grassley’s Oversight and Transparency Work, Bipartisan Hearing Aid Bill
“Thumbs up to Sen. Chuck Grassley…for doubling down on his demand for transparency”
“Chuck Grassley takes Congress’ oversight role seriously”
Click here for Senator Grassley’s letter on the legal opinion regarding congressional inquiries.
Click here for Senator Grassley’s Judiciary Committee remarks on holding a Justice Department nominee until congressional inquiries are answered.
Click here for information on Senator Grassley’s bipartisan hearing aid accessibility bill.
Click here for Senator Grassley’s work exposing the VA’s misleading wait times for veterans at Des Moines and Iowa City facilities.
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Thumbs up to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for doubling down on his demand for transparency from the Trump administration.
Grassley's grown sick and tired of requests for information from members of his Judiciary Committee going unanswered. The administration argued that it would honor information requests solely from committee chairmen or chairwomen, such as Grassley, or whole committees. Requests from Democrats were basically ignored.
Grassley blasted the administration. And then, on Thursday, Grassley used the weapons he had and announced that he wouldn't advance the Trump administration's nominees for key Justice Department posts until he gets answers.
Sen. Grassley continues to be Congress’ watchdog
Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley takes Congress’ oversight role seriously. He knows that the executive branch, regardless of party, needs a watchful eye.
Recently, Grassley exposed longer wait times to see doctors at the Veterans Administration than the VA had relayed to Congress.
Persistent questioning of federal agencies helps Congress push for fixes that require pressure and/or funding. Members of Congress are uniquely positioned to demand timely, accurate updates because they control the federal purse strings.
In today’s more polarized Congress, Grassley is a bit of a throwback. When it comes to congressional oversight, the Iowa Republican tries to hold all administrations accountable, regardless of party.
As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he helped give teeth to congressional probes into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ Fast and Furious firearms enforcement fiasco during the Obama administration. He lambasted the FBI for not cooperating fully with federal watchdog attempts to investigate the gunrunning scheme.
Earlier this month, he took a stand against a Trump administration legal opinion that says federal agencies no longer need to respond to requests for information from individual members of Congress but only from committee chairs or members representing a committee or subcommittee, which currently would shut out many Democrats.
Grassley rejected that policy, saying there was no legal or constitutional basis for it.
Last week, he used his leverage to demand answers to at least 15 letters seeking information from the Justice Department, including some that reach back into the previous administration. Grassley pledged not to advance the nomination of an assistant attorney general until he gets answers.
Any administration serious about changing Washington should embrace and encourage congressional oversight, not constrain it.
Grassley has the right idea.
Outrageous cost of hearing aids attracts unlikely allies in Congress
Unlikely bedfellows, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, are among the sponsors of legislation to make high-quality hearing aids more readily available to adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. A companion bill, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, has been introduced in the U.S. House.
The legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter and require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to write regulations ensuring they meet standards for safety, consumer labeling and manufacturing. This could increase the availability of hearing aids, which are sold by a relatively few companies, and ultimately drive down prices.
The legislation is a step in the right direction. Finally. The hearing aid industry has lobbied for and benefited from state and federal laws that do little to protect consumers, but much to limit competition in this market.
An aging population needs more options for affordable hearing aids. The legislation sponsored by Grassley would help provide those options.