Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

August 9, 2013

Grassley shares thoughts on current issues

Sen. Charles Grassley on Tuesday took part in an exclusive interview with the Journal-Express. Several topics were addressed.

Health care reform

Last week, Grassley successfully proposed an amendment that put Senators under the same law and regulations as other Americans regarding health care reform.

“We will still have to go to the exchange,” Grassley said. Meanwhile, many companies have been granted exemptions from the 2010 law, set to go into full effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been designated as the enforcement arm of the law, though the union representing IRS employees is seeking an exemption from it. Grassley was unsure of where that fight stands.

The mandate in which employers are forced to provide health insurance to employees who work at least 30 hours a week has been suspended for one year, through an executive order by President Obama. Grassley, as well as Sen. Tom Harkin, question whether or not Obama has the authority to suspend the mandate. The matter has been turned over to the courts.

“I don’t think he does,” Grassley said of Obama. “The law is the law, but it takes forever to get a court decision.”

Grassley believes that if such a suspension is good enough for corporations, it is good enough for working Americans. McClatchy reported, based upon Bureau of Labor statistics, that 97 percent of the jobs created in America in 2013 have been classified as part-time.

When asked if the American economy can survive and grow with figures like this, Grassley said, “Absolutely not.” He added, “You’d have to get two part-time jobs.”

The bottom line is that the economy is not growing, he said. An issue that he has commonly heard during his town hall meetings is that there are couples in which both spouses work. One of them is covered by the other’s health care plan. However, the spouse who is not employed by the health care provider is still seeing his or her hours reduced because of the regulations in the law.

Text Only
Local News
  • Construction Trades pic 1 Marion County building permits on the rise

    It's expected to be a busy construction season around Marion County. According to County Zoning Administrator Missy Poffenbarger, her office has issued 17 building permits since March 18. 

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Troy Rider.jpg State responds to gag order request

    Marion County Attorney Ed Bull has filed a resistance, on behalf of the State of Iowa, to a motion made by Troy Neil Rider's defense attorney to restrict law enforcement's ability to comment on the pending case. 

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • PHS FFA 10-73.jpg Pleasantville Greenhouse Plant Sales Begin Soon

    The Pleasantville High School Greenhouse will begin its annual greenhouse sales Saturday, April 19, and will continue through Saturday, May 24.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burn ban to be lifted at 11 a.m.

    Marion County's burn ban will be lifted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14. 

    April 14, 2014

  • Reeds.jpg Bussey pair facing several charges

    Two Bussey residents are charged in a pair of thefts in Otley and Pella on April 5 and April 11. 

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Loebsack and Mitchell.jpg Video: Loebsack tours Knoxville Fire Department

    Knoxville Fire Chief Jim Mitchell welcomed Congressman Dave Loebsack and wife, Terry, to the fire station Saturday afternoon, April 12. 

    April 12, 2014 2 Photos 1 Video

  • work on Young field.jpg Video: Young's Park field seeing improvements

    City of Knoxville crews have been busy working on the baseball field at Young's Park, with plans to renovate a forgotten field behind the Kiwanis Miracle Playground. 

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo 1 Video

  • Robinson work 1.jpg Rock Island to be closed

    Rock Island, between Highway 14 and Grant, will be closed for approximately three days for sanitary sewer and street repairs. 

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • supes in Pville.jpg County awaits Pleasantville Memorial Hall proposal

    The Marion County Board of Supervisors met with representatives from the City of Pleasantville and Memorial Hall Commissioners from the Rose City, to discuss the status of transitioning the hall from County ownership to the City. 

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tom Hoefling.jpg Hoefling's gubernatorial campaign focused on grassroots

    Longtime political activist Tom Hoefling of Lohrville is hopeful that his grassroots campaign, nurtured with the conservatism of Iowans, will gow into a term as Iowa's next governor. 

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Which service of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce do you believe is most beneficial for its membership?

Legislative lobbying
Promotional material publication
Educational programs for the community
     View Results