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Charles Grassley, MA Biography

Title:
United States Senator (R-IA)
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Congress had an opportunity, and still does, to enact something the American people can get behind. But congressional leaders and the White House seem so focused on making history they’ve stopped actually listening to the American people. All the backroom deals, budget gimmicks and broken promises made it clear they’re willing to go to any length to pass this bill. This legislation will raise taxes by half a trillion dollars, it will cut Medicare by more than half a trillion dollars and not to strengthen Medicare but to fund the creation of a new and unsustainable entitlement program, and it will cause health insurance premiums to go up even more than they already are increasing. Rather than bring the country together around some common-sense reforms, this bill has driven the country further apart, at the very time we need to come together, especially for economic recovery efforts. Health care reform legislation can and should be done with broad-based support.”

Press release, “House Passage of Senate Health Care Reform Bill,” grassley.senate.gov, Mar. 21, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United States Senator (R-IA), Jan. 4, 1981-present
  • Member, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee
  • Member, Senate Budget Committee
  • Member, Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Member, Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Co-Chairman, Caucus on International Narcotics Control
  • Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee, Jan. 3, 2007-present
  • Chairman, Senate Finance Committee, Jan. 2001-June 2001, Jan. 3, 2003-Jan.3, 2007
  • Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Aging, Jan. 7, 1997-Jan. 3, 2001
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1975-1980
  • Representative, Iowa State House of Representatives, 1959-1974
Education:
  • MA, Political Science, University of Northern Iowa, 1956
  • BA, Political Science, University of Northern Iowa, 1955
Other:
  • Married Barbara Ann Speicher in Sep. 1954, has five children
  • Has worked as a farmer, a sheet metal shearer, and an assembly line worker
  • Received the Health Policy Hero Award from the National Research Center for Women & Families, 2009
  • Named the hardest working member of Congress by The Hill, June 2010
  • Has won each of his Senate re-election bids with more than 60 percent of the vote and carried all 99 counties in his state in the 2004, 1998, and 1992 elections
  • Lost a 1956 election for a seat in the Iowa State House of Representatives by approximately 70 votes at age 23
Quoted in:
  1. Does Obamacare limit health care coverage for Congress?