Grassley Marks Policy, Oversight Accomplishments in 114th Congress Grassley of Iowa marked a series of policy and oversight accomplishments in the 114th Congress, continuing his tradition of grassroots engagement with Iowans and breaking the record for the longest...
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa marked a series of policy and oversight accomplishments in the 114th Congress, continuing his tradition of grassroots engagement with Iowans and breaking the record for the longest period of service in the United States Senate without missing a vote. Grassley will retain his committee seats in the new Congress and is expected to serve another term as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
“It’s an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility and privilege of representing Iowans in the United States Senate,” Grassley said. “As one of Iowa’s senators and as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I have worked to bring commonsense Iowa values to the job through bipartisan legislating and thorough oversight work to hold the federal government accountable.”
Grassley holds at least one meeting in each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year to hear concerns and answer questions on any subject in a free-flowing dialogue with constituents. In 2016, Grassley completed these annual county meetings for the 36th year in a row in September. Grassley holds these meetings in a variety of formats to ensure that a broad cross-section of Iowans can participate, including offices, schools, churches, town halls, factory floors and other places of business. In Polk County alone, Grassley held more than 30 of these constituent meetings in 2016.
Outside of these annual county meetings, Grassley also attended or convened a variety of events and forums, including: an anti-human trafficking discussion, a foster youth roundtable, a taxpayer advocacy forum, an avian influenza roundtable with farmers and producers, a tax roundtable discussion with tax professionals and small business owners, a Judiciary Committee field hearing on the threat of methamphetamine and meeting with Iowans at the state fair. When the Senate is in session, Grassley sets aside eight 15-minute meetings every Monday through Thursday to meet with Iowans in Washington, D.C., including advocacy groups, associations, chambers of commerce and local business leaders, students and families. This Congress, Grassley held meetings with nearly 1,500 groups of Iowans visiting the nation’s capital and discussed a variety of policy issues affecting Iowans such as Cedar Rapids flood protection funding, anti-opioid addiction legislation, the farm bill, infrastructure, juvenile justice and sentencing reform, expiring tax provisions, the Affordable Care Act and tax reform. In the 114th Congress, Grassley also held 19 telephone town hall meetings, and joined 20 Iowa school groups for Q&As via video conferencing, including six college classes, eleven groups of high school students, two middle school classes and one elementary school class.
Chairman Grassley’s Judiciary Committee held 99 hearings in the 114th Congress. The committee reported 30 bills, 24 of which were passed by the Senate and 17 of which became law. Major bipartisan legislation such as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the PATENT Act, the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act, the Sentencing