Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Politics

August 9, 2012

Farm, Defense bills among few issues likely to be addressed

Knoxville — Sen. Chuck Grassley told the Journal-Express this morning that the US Senate is not likely to get much more done in 2012, but it must approve the "Farm Bill" and Defense Authorization Act. 

The Senate is scheduled to reconvene Sept. 10, a week later than usual due to the Democratic Convention. Grassley says the Senate will adjourn around the first week of October to allow members time to campaign. Even when the Senate will be in session, Grassley expects there to be 12-15 days of meetings. 

In the brief time the Senate will be together, Grassley stressed the importance of taking action to fund the government, pass a farm bill to allow those in the business to plan ahead and to renew the Defense Authorization Act to keep the military going. That bill expires Sept. 30, and action must be taken in September on the farm bill as well. Action to fund the government can be done through January or later.

"I want to fund it until at least March," Grassley said. 

Grassley was asked if work to pay down the debt could be done after the election. He believes it can, and that a good starting point would be the Simpson-Bowles recommendations. The Simpson-Bowles Report came from a commission appointed by President Obama to find ways to reduce the debt. Obama did not support his own commission's recommendations. 

"The President isn't doing anything to get out of holes now," Grassley said. With a debt approaching $16 trillion, $5 trillion of which has been accrued during the Obama Administration, Grassley said that any action to reduce the debt will take time. 

Concern was raised last week regarding the Senate's decision to allow presidential appointments, of some lower-level administration members, to bypass Senate confirmation. Grassley said there are usually 2,500 presidential appointments under a president. If a single Senator has an issue with one of these appointees, he or she can stall the entire process.

Text Only
Politics
  • Grassley Grassley: Obama Administration is least transparent

    U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) referred to the Obama Administration today as the "most stonewalling" administration with which he has worked. 

    May 1, 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

  • Van Wyk.jpg Van Wyk's Jasper County voter registration canceled

    Following a hearing Thursday afternoon, Jasper County Auditor Dennis Parrott has canceled the voter registration of former Republican House District 28 Candidate Jon Michael Van Wyk. 

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sinclair and Heartsill.jpg Legislators report to Knoxville

    The final Legislative Coffee of 2014 was held Friday afternoon in Knoxville, with Rep. Greg Heartsill and Sen. Amy Sinclair in attendance. 

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Heartsill mug Heartsill reports on oversight hearings

    Rep. Greg Heartsill, a member of the House Government Oversight Committee, has been hearing testimony from Mike Carroll of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services and former State employees who received confidential settlements. 

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Megan Suhr.jpg MC Democrats to hold Education Forum

    The Marion County Democrats will hold its latest educational forum on Wednesday, April 9, with a focus on educational issues. 

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grassley and Pella folks.jpg Pella representatives meet with Grassley

    Representatives from the Pella area are on their annual trek to Washington, D.C., this week. Sen. Chuck Grassley recently shared what they discussed with him. 

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • raceway concept drawing.jpg Raceway Rebate passes subcommittee

    The proposed $2 million sales tax rebate for Knoxville Raceway (HSB 678) has just been approved by a House Ways and Means Subcommittee.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • raceway concept drawing.jpg House Subcommittee Hearing on Raceway Monday

    A House Ways and Means subcommittee will hold a hearing regarding a proposed sales tax rebate, worth up to $2 million, for the Knoxville Raceway on Monday, March 24. 

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • courthouse.jpg Incumbents for Marion County offices file paperwork

    By the end of the day Friday, the incumbents for the four Marion County elected offices up in November will have filed their paperwork to seek reelection. 

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

Features
AP Video
Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point'
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results