Grassley cites bipartisanship, collaboration as way to get things done

'It's the right thing to do. And it works'

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Bipartisanship and collaboration with Democratic colleagues has allowed the GOP Senate majority “to make meaningful progress on good ideas from senators on both sides of the aisle,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said Saturday in the Weekly Republican Address.

“That is the dramatic change in the way business is done for you” in the U.S. Senate, Grassley said, citing the accomplishments of the Judiciary Committee that he chairs.

Drawing from the “common-sense nature of Iowans,” Grassley, who is seeking re-election, said he decided early on that the Judiciary Committee, which he has been a member of since arriving in the Senate in 1981, would its time and “your taxpayer dollars” to focus on areas where agreement was possible.

“It’s the right thing to do. And it works,” he said in the weekly address that is a counter to the president’s weekly commentary. “Every one of the 27 bills passed out of the committee under my leadership has had bipartisan support. The president has signed 12 of those bills into law.”

Grassley, who has admitted he’s in his toughest re-election campaign against former Democratic Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge, used his time to make the case that his committee has bucked the “do-nothing” reputation of Congress.

However, Judge said Grassley’s list of accomplishments was a smoke-screen for his obstructionism that has come to define him and to tie him to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“For 150 days Chuck Grassley has failed to do his job and hold confirmation hearings to fill the Supreme Court vacancy,” she said in a rebuttal to his radio address.

“Just this week Chuck Grassley reaffirmed to the media his unequivocal support for Donald Trump -- the person he’s holding the vacancy open for -- the same day Trump suggested gun violence may be the only way to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing the next justice. This is absolutely unacceptable. These are not the actions of someone who understands bipartisanship, they’re the actions of someone more concerned with playing partisan games than fighting for Iowa working families.

“Only someone who has been in Washington too long would pat himself on the back for leading unprecedented obstruction of judicial nominees,” Judge said.

The Judiciary Committee accomplishments include addressing the addiction epidemic, reducing the illicit market for sex trafficking and expanding support for victims, protecting inventors and expanding government transparence, Grassley said.

With four months left in this session of Congress, Grassley hopes to push ahead on legislation addressing sentencing reform, juvenile justice, reducing crimes against the elderly, keeping better tabs on sex offenders and empowering whistleblowers who uncover waste, fraud and abuse in government.

The bipartisan approach he has taken on the Judiciary Committee has ensured the Senate has wasted neither time nor resources, Grassley said

“Now it’s a formula for representative government that puts us to work for you,” he concluded.

Audio and video of Grassley’s remarks can be heard at http://www.src.senate.gov/files/grassley_aug13_GOP_Address_audio.mp3 and https://www.youtube.com/user/gopweeklyaddress, respectively.

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