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Q: Could an Iowan be featured on a new quarter?

A: Many Iowans are familiar with the popular series of quarters that feature each of the 50 states in the America the Beautiful Quarter Program. Issued in 2004, the Iowa quarter was the 29th coin to join the series because it was the 29th state to join the Union. It salutes Iowa’s deeply-rooted foundation in education and depicts a teacher and her students planting a tree near a schoolhouse. The design is based on a painting by Grant Wood who was born in Anamosa, Iowa. The redesign of the 25-cent…


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Q: What’s wrong with the sixth pandemic package under consideration in Congress?

A: First, let’s take account of what’s already in the pipeline. Since last March, Congress has approved $4 trillion to fight the pandemic and help hard-hit U.S. households put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Five bipartisan COVID-relief laws included two rounds of direct payments, expanded unemployment benefits, nutrition assistance, relief for student borrowers and emergency rental assistance for low-income families. Plus, the CARES Act delivered a financial lifeline to small businesses with a forgiveable loan program. Congress replenished the Paycheck Protection Program…


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Q: Why did you invite the Biden administration’s climate advisor to Iowa?

A: When President Biden took office, I reassured Iowans I’ve been able to work with every president throughout my years representing Iowa. When an administration’s agenda is good for Iowa, I’m all in to help put the policies into place. I’ve worked with previous administrations to pass welfare reform, job-creating tax cuts and Medicare prescription drug benefits for seniors. I’m working now to keep sustainable, renewable energy on that list during the Biden administration. If an administration’s proposals would do harm to the rural economy, such as Obama-era…


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Q: What’s on the agenda in the new Congress?

A: The leadership landscape shifted in January with the inauguration of a new president and a new majority in the U.S. Senate. That means for the next two years, one party will control the political branches of government, from the White House to the federal bureaucracy and both chambers of Congress. As Iowa’s senior U.S. senator, I work hard to serve Iowans as effectively as possible, whether I’m in the leadership ranks of the majority or the minority. Whereas the Senate majority sets the agenda, it’s incumbent upon the Senate minority…


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Q: When can Iowans expect to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

A: My office is getting a lot of feedback from Iowans who are frustrated about how and when they can sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine. By the first week of February, Iowa had administered 289,737 doses with many more scheduled in the coming days. The nationwide vaccine roll-out is a massive, complex operation with many moving parts to get vaccines into the arms of hundreds of millions Americans. Congress pushed tens of billions of dollars into the pipeline to help accelerate the distribution process. So far, the federal…


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Q: Why did you re-introduce the Balanced Budget Amendment?

A: Iowans work hard for their money. As a taxpayer watchdog, I conduct congressional oversight to root out wasteful spending and as a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee, support budgetary tools to restore fiscal discipline. The federal budgeting system is broken. Big spenders in Washington have an insatiable appetite for big government programs that cost a lot of money. No matter how outsized their liberal laundry list becomes, they’re satisfied to tax, spend and borrow as much as it takes to pay for it. This reckless approach keeps adding…


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Q: Why did you investigate insulin prices?

A: Sticker shock at the pharmacy counter is an issue I regularly hear about from Iowans. In particular, the soaring cost for one life-saving medicine, insulin, has gained greater urgency in the last several years. Stories of patients who skip or ration doses of insulin only because they can’t afford their medication raise troubling concerns. Policymakers have a responsibility to understand what’s going on in the drug pricing supply chain to protect consumers and taxpayer dollars and to ensure free markets are working as intended. …


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Q: Why is it important to keep health care clinics viable in small towns and rural communities?

A: In January, I started my annual 99 county meetings across Iowa. For the last four decades, I’ve traveled to every corner of the state to hold open dialogue with my constituents. At my recent meeting in Delaware County in Manchester, I had a Q&A with workers who manufacture state-of-the-art snow plows, salt and sand spreaders and other types of equipment that help keep our roads safe during bad weather. We covered a variety of topics, including the pandemic. The deadly coronavirus underscores…


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Q: What is the Electoral College?

A: More than two centuries ago, the founders crafted a compromise for the election of the nation’s chief executive. At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, this was one of the stickiest issues to make its way through months of debate to create a government “of, by and for the people.” The 55 delegates needed to strike a balance between large and small states, satisfy regional differences and put checks on the nation’s commander-in-chief to avert imperialism that colonial America had triumphed over in the Revolutionary War. One of the compromises to emerge was the…


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Q: What are you doing to protect taxpayer dollars included in the pandemic relief laws?

A: Iowans work hard for their money. I work hard to protect hard-earned tax dollars from waste, fraud and abuse. In times of emergency, such as natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government provides urgently needed support and resources to help Americans who have lost homes, farms, livelihoods and paychecks. 2020 has produced one crisis after another. The virus has killed more than 300,000 Americans. Too many families are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Congress…

Sen. Chuck Grassley

U.S. Senator. Family farmer. Lifetime resident of New Hartford, IA. Also follow @GrassleyPress for news releases.

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