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May 1, 2014

Grassley: Obama Administration is least transparent

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"You can see this is a political document," Grassley said. 

Grassley was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1974, where he served until his election to the Senate in 1980. He served as a federal legislator under seven United States Presidents. While Grassley has had problems with past Administrations standing against information requests, he believes the Obama Administration is the worst. 

"They are the most stonewalling," Grassley said of the current Administration. 

This case is not the first time Grassley has attempted to get more information from the Administration about an issue. Past instances include the Fast and Furious gun-running program, the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups prior to the 2012 election and the NSA domestic spying program. 

The Judicial Watch story and documents can be found here: http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-benghazi-documents-point-white-house-misleading-talking-points/

Minimum Wage

Grassley was among the Republicans who voted against Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-IA) minimum wage bill. Harkin sought to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. 

Republicans blocked the bill from coming to the floor. According to Grassley, the rule change made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that reduces the number of votes required to bring an issue to the floor only applies to judges and executive appointees. Other legislation still requires 60 votes to be brought up for a vote. 

Grassley said his stance against the bill was twofold. There was a process failure, in which Reid refused to allow any amendments - including any from Democrats - to be added on to the legislation. 

"That's contrary to the purpose of the Senate," Grassley said. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was working on a bipartisan bill that was not entertained by the Senate. 

Grassley cited a substantive reason for his lack of support as well. According to Grassley, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the minimum wage increase would have cost the American economy between 500,000-1,000,000 jobs. 

"Why would you vote to increase unemployment?" Grassley asked. 

The audio from today's interview will be posted at http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/audio.cfm.

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