The First Amendment appears to have been further violated by the Justice Department, which secretly seized communication records of reporters with the Associated Press and Fox News. With this scandal, as well as past scandals involving the Justice Department, including the Fast and Furious gun-running program and the Department's refusal to prosecute the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation in Pennsylvania, Grassley was asked if he considered demanding the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder.
Grassley said he is cautious about making such demands, but says he will "hold their feet to the fire" to see to it the matters are investigated and the truth exposed. He expressed his disappointment with the department's political influence on judicial matters.
"Leave the politics out of it and make the case," Grassley said.
Grassley was about to vote on an amendment to the "Farm Bill," proposed by Sen. Diane Feinstein of California. It was in regard to crop insurance for tobacco farmers, and he intended to vote against it. Most amendments proposed to the Farm Bill have been defeated, and he believes the final product will be similar to what Congress approved in committee. Though the bill is commonly known as the "Farm Bill," the bulk of spending involved is used for nutrition programs, with 20 percent used to support farmers.
Grassley also discussed the immigration reform bill. He has previously told the Journal-Express that he is not in favor of amnesty, as he supported that in 1986 and apparently did not work.
"I'm never going to know until I see what the final version looks like," Grassley said of the immigration bill. He does not believe the bill has changed enough for his support. Three weeks of debate on the bill is expected, following the Memorial Day holiday.