July 27th, 2009
04:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Grassley to vote against Sotomayor

Grassley is voting against Sotomayor.
Grassley is voting against Sotomayor.

(CNN) – Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday he will vote against confirming Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

"I had hoped to be able to vote for Judge Sotomayor to be the next Justice on the Supreme Court, but after a thorough review of the hearing record and her cases, speeches and writings, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support Judge Sotomayor’s nomination," Grassley said.

It will be the first no vote for Grassley on a Supreme Court nominee in the Iowa Republican's three-decade Senate career.

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Filed under: Charles Grassley • Sonia Sotomayor
June 8th, 2009
08:12 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP senator to Obama: 'you got nerve'

Could Grassley’s peeved tweets be a bad sign for the White House?
Could Grassley’s peeved tweets be a bad sign for the White House?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – On Sunday, as President Obama was wrapping up a visit to France, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee - who will play a key role in the consideration of the health care legislation the administration has called a top priority - posted a few pointed comments on Twitter, aimed directly at the president.

"Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us 'time to deliver' on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND," wrote Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Related: 'Time to deliver' on health care, says Obama

Later, he added: "Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said 'time to delivr on healthcare' When you are a 'hammer' u think evrything is NAIL I'm no NAIL."

The White House later said the president looked forward to working with Congress when he returned from D-Day commemoration celebrations in France.


Filed under: Charles Grassley • President Obama
March 18th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Lawmakers defend role amid AIG bonus backlash

(CNN) – As outrage over American International Group bonuses spreads and finger-pointing continues, lawmakers are trying to convince the public that it isn't their fault.

Senators and representatives are vowing to get the bonus money back, but questions have risen why didn't Congress act to prevent the bonuses in the first place?

"Well, the only lever we have in this is the fact that these corporations have come to the Congress of the United States and want a taxpayers' bailout," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday on CNN's "American Morning."

"If it weren't for that, we would not have any leverage on how any individual corporation is being run, and we don't pretend to have any leverage on any corporation today in the United States that's not seeking federal help," said Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.

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Filed under: AIG • Barney Frank • Charles Grassley
March 17th, 2009
05:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Senator stands by 'suicide comment,' says it was rhetorical

Grassley said he was speaking rhetorically when he said AIG executives 'resign or commit suicide.'
Grassley said he was speaking rhetorically when he said AIG executives 'resign or commit suicide.'

(CNN) – Sen. Charles Grassley is standing by his earlier comments suggesting some embattled AIG executives should "resign or commit suicide," but told CNN Tuesday he was merely speaking rhetorically.

"Of course I don't want people to commit suicide," the Iowa Republican said. "But I do want an attitude in corporate American that's similar to what they have in corporate Japan.

"[In Japan], people that run a corporation into a ground have violated their trust with the stockholders and maybe even the taxpayers - they take a very deep bow, they apologize, they are remorseful, they are contrite, they take full responsibility," he added. "We have not heard the sort of apology, remorsefulness, contrition, that we ought to hear from corporate executives in America assuming full responsibility."

Grassley's initial comments came Monday afternoon during an interview with Iowa radio station WMT. During the interview, Grassley endorsed what he viewed as Japan's corporate model, saying it is customary for failed executives to either relinquish their posts or commit suicide in disgrace.

"In the case of the Japanese, they usually commit suicide before they make any apology," he said during that interview.

A spokesman for AIG called Grassley's initial comments "very disappointing."


Filed under: Charles Grassley • Popular Posts
March 14th, 2009
10:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Grassley: Obama's programs 'don’t connect all the dots'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – In the weekly Republican response, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, criticized President Obama's plan to create up to 3 million new jobs, saying the president's programs "don't connect all the dots."

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Filed under: Charles Grassley • Republican Party
February 2nd, 2009
04:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Grassley takes aim at Obama vetting process

The Senate Finance Committee's top Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley, said he had concerns about the Obama administration's vetting process.
The Senate Finance Committee's top Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley, said he had concerns about the Obama administration's vetting process.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Immediately before the Senate Finance Committee began its closed-door meeting to consider former Sen. Tom Daschle’s failure to pay certain taxes, the panel's top Republican said he had concerns about the Obama administration's vetting process.

“I have a high level of concern about how it looks to the public,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said of Daschle's situation. “I don’t have a level of concern about how it affects his ability to be HHS Secretary.”

He said he’s most concerned about the vetting process, even making a sarcastic comment about President Obama otherwise being a “genius.”

“What bothers me is a President who wanted to get his administration off and running even before he’s sworn in. What’s wrong with the vetting process? It shows a little bit of shortcoming for someone who otherwise is a genius, you know, about management capability.”

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Filed under: Charles Grassley • Tom Daschle
July 25th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Grassley takes aim at the FBI

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The FBI is celebrating its’ 100th anniversary Saturday, but it is unlikely that Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, will be sending a card or baking a cake. Grassley remains one of the bureau's harshest critics in Congress.

While the Iowa senator is quick to praise agents in the field, he says, over the years that when problems crop up at the FBI, "It's been when headquarters has been interfering with the local agents."

Grassley charges that the FBI remains locked in turf battles with other federal law enforcement agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

FBI Director Robert Mueller has repeatedly told Congress that the bureau has greatly improved its information sharing and cooperation with other federal agencies since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But Grassley says the bureau still has a "Pac-Man mentality" - intent on gobbling up the jurisdiction of other agencies.

Listen: Grassley talks with CNN radio about the FBI


Grassley concedes the FBI deserves credit, because there's not been another terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 2001, but the senator also insists there's room for the FBI to transform itself from a crime-solving agency into one that is capable of averting terror threats of the 21st Century.


Filed under: Charles Grassley
October 16th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney, Giuliani court Grassley

Grassley's endorsement could prove pivotal in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney met separately Tuesday on Capitol Hill with Sen. Charles Grassley, the veteran Republican senator from Iowa whose endorsement could be pivotal to winning the state's caucuses, CNN has learned.

"Oh, we want all the endorsements we can get but that wasn't the purpose of it," Giuliani told CNN as he was departing Grassley's Hart building office.

"We talked about the campaign. We talked about Iraq. We talked about Iran. We talked about the farm bill. We talked about Iowa. "Gosh, we talked about many, many things."

But later his spokeswoman, Katie Levinson, confirmed to CNN the two men "had some very serious policy discussions, and yes, we asked for his endorsement."

The nearly one-hour meeting came just a few hours after Romney sat down with the fifth-term senator, who is an influential icon of Republican politics in Iowa. The scheduling of the meetings on he same day was a "coincidence," according to the Grassley's spokeswoman, Jill Kozeny.

Both candidates were in town to address the Republican Jewish Coalition.

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Filed under: Charles Grassley • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
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