Senator Grassley's Weekly Schedule
Here are highlights from Senator Grassley's schedule for the week of March 27:
On Monday at 2 p.m., in Dirksen 562, Sen. Grassley will conduct a hearing of the Special Committee on Aging to determine whether income tax dollars are the answer to the Social Security and Medicare funding crisis. Income tax proceeds already play a limited role in funding the programs, minimal in the case of Social Security and somewhat greater in the case of Medicare. Some argue that shoring up these entitlement programs is the best use for the income tax revenue surplus, while others are concerned that surplus projections are unreliable and that over-reliance on income taxes could lead to a higher tax burden for working Americans.
On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., Sen. Grassely will meet with state directors of Vocational Technical Education. Otis Elkin of Council Bluffs is being honored with an award.
On Wednesday at 10 a.m., Sen. Grassley will participate in a Finance committee hearing regarding prescription drug coverage and the Medicare program.
On Wednesday at 2 p.m., in Dirksen 608, Sen. Grassley will participate in the Budget committee mark-up of the budget for fiscal 2001.
On Thursday, Sen. Grassley will introduce legislation he has co-authored with Sens. Lieberman and Bob Kerrey to reduce medical errors in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The legislation will increase accountability in the medical community and help improve patient safety. It's a direct response to the groundbreaking report issued last November by the Institute of Medicine. That report found that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year from preventable errors.
On Thursday from 7-7:30 p.m. (Central time), Sen. Grassley will respond to questions and comments from Iowans during his monthly program called "Ask Your Senator." This interactive program is available to cable subscribers in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and other Iowa communities. This month, for the first time, it also will be available live through Sen. Grassely's website at For those without computers, special sites in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs will be providing Internet access to the program.