Ranking Member Press


What They Are Saying: Washington Wakes Up to Senate Budget Republicans’ Case for Fiscal Focus

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Republicans’ push to reorient the committee’s focus to fiscal matters is taking hold in Washington. Under Democratic leadership, the Budget Committee this Congress has held 15 hearings on the climate and just three directly on the budget. Republicans received kudos for their letter this week pushing back on the committee’s misguided trajectory. “Witness the amazing debate now under way at the Senate Budget Committee, where Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.… Continue Reading


Grassley Provides Insight on Efforts to Snuff Out Tax Evasion

Opening Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee “Sunny Places for Shady People: Offshore Tax Evasion by the Wealthy and Corporations” Wednesday, April 10, 2024   VIDEO Mr. Chairman,  I appreciate your holding today’s hearing on offshore tax evasion and closing the tax gap.I have some experience in this area.  Talking about the tax gap, I remember how my late friend and former Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch used to refer to the tax gap… Continue Reading


Grassley Leads GOP Call For Budget Committee To Address Fiscal Policy

WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and eight Senate Budget Committee Republicans shared with Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) pressing facts about the U.S. economic outlook, calling on him and majority committee members to focus on fiscal matters. Under Democrat leadership, the committee this Congress has convened 15 hearings on climate and just three on the budget. The minority members’ correspondence - in response to a letter from Chairman Whitehouse - is a concerted effor… Continue Reading


Penn Wharton Hearing Witness: Dem Tax Proposals Won’t Solve Our Fiscal Challenges

BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today released responses Dr. Joao Gomes submitted for the record after serving as a minority witness at a hearing titled “Recreation at Risk: The Nature of Climate Costs.” Gomes is a senior vice dean at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, which administers the widely respected, nonpartisan Penn Wharton Budget Model. “Dr. Gomes’ answers to my questions offer a blunt analysis of our nation’s economic t… Continue Reading


Grassley: Budget Democrats Use Climate Change Smoke and Mirrors to Ignore Our Immediate Responsibilities

Opening Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee “Recreation at Risk: The Nature of Climate Costs” Wednesday, March 20, 2024   VIDEO Last week, Senator Romney said the truth out loud - there is “no work being done by this committee to deal with our budget and to deal with federal spending.”  Senator Romney also said, “This committee needs to stop acting for the cameras and start working for the American people to finally deal with the massive d… Continue Reading


Grassley: Biden Admin’s EV Push Could Drive up the Deficit by $200 Billion

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is amplifying his opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) tailpipe emissions proposal, citing an alarming new cost estimate by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). “The CBO released its ten-year budget and economic outlook on February 7, 2024, which projected a $224 billion increase in the cumulative deficit caused by higher electric vehicle tax credit claims and reduced gas tax revenues.… Continue Reading


Grassley: Biden’s Budget Offers False Promises and a Far-Left Wish List

Opening Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee “The President’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Proposal” Tuesday, March 12, 2024 VIDEO Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing, and thank you, Director Young, for coming to give the position of the administration on the budget. Today’s hearing is doing what the Budget Committee’s supposed to do: budget issues. We’ve spent a great deal of time over the last year on climate, on abortion and a … Continue Reading


Grassley Redlines President Biden’s Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued the below statement on President Biden’s costly Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget released today, over a month past its statutory due date. “President Biden’s FY 2025 budget is chock full of corner-cutting to circumvent congressional spending caps and presents short-sighted plans to burn through Americans’ pocketbooks. That combination is sure to yield severe long-term consequences. “This administration’s irresponsib… Continue Reading


Grassley Discusses Efforts To Make Primary Care More Accessible And Effective

Opening Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee Hearing on “How Primary Care Improves Health Care Efficiency” Wednesday, March 6, 2024   VIDEO Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding today’s hearing on strengthening primary care.  Americans spend more than 4.3 trillion dollars annually on health care. Our spending has more than tripled as a percentage of gross domestic product since 1960. Growing health care costs don’t just strain Americans’ p… Continue Reading


'Life is Priceless:' Ranking Member Grassley Delivers Pro-Life, Pro-Family Message at Budget Committee Hearing

Prepared Opening Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee Hearing on “No Rights to Speak of: The Economic Harms of Restricting Reproductive Freedom” Wednesday, February 28, 2024 VIDEO   Good morning, Mr. Chairman. We’re tackling a very serious topic this morning. Abortion is above all a moral and legal issue. It’s not an issue that lends itself to being looked at solely through an economic lens. After all, life is priceless.  There’s a reason… Continue Reading


Grassley Report Exposes Unchecked Waste of Taxpayer Funds in EPA Environmental Justice Program

BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA - Millions of taxpayer dollars funneled through an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant program were largely used by recipient organizations to cover the organizations’ overhead and operating expenses, without yet producing tangible results demonstrating the efficacy of the environmental justice program.   Records and receipts tracking expenditures in the EPA’s 2021 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program, released to… Continue Reading


Grassley on CBO 10-Year Budget and Economic Outlook

WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its Budget and Economic Outlook: 2024-2034. The report contains CBO’s projections for the federal budget and U.S. economy under current law for the next decade. Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said of the report:  “Congress ought to interpret CBO’s projections as a ‘call to action:’ the federal government must break from its irresponsible spending pattern. Otherwise, Americans will soon find themsel… Continue Reading


Biden Blows Past Budget Deadline for Four Years Running

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today issued the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s failure to submit a budget proposal to Congress by the first Monday in February for the fourth year in a row: “President Biden has achieved a perfect score for fiscal tardiness. For four years running, this president has been unable to muster a budget proposal by the time the law says it’s due.  “In the meantime, President Biden has pushed reckless sp… Continue Reading


Grassley Urges Fiscal Focus as Democrat-Led Budget Committee Begins Year with Climate Hearing

Opening Remarks by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee Hearing titled, “Investing in the Future: Safeguarding Municipal Bonds from Climate Risk” Wednesday, January 10, 2024 VIDEO Mr. Chairman,  I wish you, in turn, a Happy New Year, and to your family as well.  As you would expect, I’m going to say that I’ve enjoyed the first year we’ve had, even though we’ve had some disagreement on the agenda of the committee. And so, I’m going start out where you’d … Continue Reading


Senate Budget Committee Digs into Impact of Private Equity Ownership in America’s Hospitals

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Chair Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today opened a bipartisan investigation into the impacts of private equity ownership on our nation’s hospitals. Grassley and Whitehouse sent letters to the chief executive officers (CEOs) of Apollo Global Management, Lifepoint Health, Medical Properties Trust, Leonard Green & Partners and Prospect Medical Holdings, along with the CEO of Ottumwa Regional Health Center, a for-profi… Continue Reading


Grassley, Scott Lead Budget Committee Republicans in Urging Chairman Whitehouse to Prioritize Fiscal Climate

WASHINGTON - Amid a barrage of warnings about the country’s deteriorating fiscal health, Senate Budget Committee Republicans today are urging Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to convene a series of hearings examining policies to address the nation’s looming economic challenges. In a letter cosigned by all committee Republicans, the senators cite credit downgrades and independent analyses warning of the challenges presented by growing debt, deficit and interest obligations. “Under your chair… Continue Reading


Grassley: To Improve Tax Compliance, Focus On IRS Customer Service Over Enforcement

Prepared Opening Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of IowaRanking Member, Senate Budget CommitteeHearing on “Fairness and Fiscal Responsibility: Cracking Down on Wealthy Tax Cheats”Wednesday, November 8, 2023VIDEO If someone were to base everything they know about IRS reform from what they hear today, they’d probably get the impression it’s a divisive and politically charged topic. A few years ago, however, IRS reform had strong bipartisan support. In June of 2019, the Taxpayer First Act pa… Continue Reading


Grassley Cosponsors Bipartisan Push to Reform the Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and colleagues to reintroduce bipartisan budget reform legislation. The Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act would overhaul the way Congress allocates federal dollars and strengthen oversight of government spending, paving the way to tackling the nation’s debt. The bill would convert the annual appropriations process for federal tax dollars to a two-year budg… Continue Reading


Grassley Recalls President Reagan: ‘America is Once Again at a Time for Choosing’

Floor Remarks by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee  “A Time for Choosing” Thursday, October 26, 2023   VIDEO Fifty-nine years ago tomorrow - in other words, Friday - Ronald Reagan delivered his iconic 'A Time for Choosing' speech. In this speech, the future president laid out in stark terms the challenges the Americans faced as a nation, all due to a bloated federal government that threatened Americans’ prosperity and individual freedoms.  America i… Continue Reading


Grassley Backs ‘Practical Solutions’ for Adapting to Climate Change, Welcomes Iowa Witness

Opening Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Budget Hearing on “Bottlenecks and Backlogs: How Climate Change Threatens Supply Chains” Wednesday, October 25, 2023     VIDEO   This morning the Budget Committee holds its 12th hearing in 10 months on climate change.  Over the course of these hearings, we’ve heard sensationalist and the alarmist rhetoric used to mislead the public on climate change and draw support for top-down policies. We’v… Continue Reading

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