Energy Independence Bill or Environmentalists Dream?
Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced a new bill to “help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.” However, a closer look at the legislation reveals that this bill is a gift to environmentalists. Grassley describes the legislation like this: “The legislation will offer tax credits for wind energy without the cap that the House is trying to impose again this year. It | Read More »
Why is Iowa in the tank for Obama?
When you think about Iowa, polling and primary results aside, it feels like Iowa should be a red state. It’s a rural, agricultural state, that I would think would be fairly conservative. In fact, according to Dan’s Chart from yesterday, Iowa is 55%R – 45%D. So why is Obama leading McCain by 10 points in Iowa? Is this purely a question of support for ethanol, | Read More »
Grassley Investigating Michelle Obama’s Hospital
One of Grassley’s ongoing investigations is related to the tax exempt status of nonprofit hospitals. The latest hospital to come under his scrutiny is none other than the University of Chicago Medical Center that until recently employed Michelle Obama, the wife of the Democratic Nominee for President.
McCain Opposes Grassley on Ag Subsidies and Ethanol
According to a recent AP article, McCain opposes agricultural subsidies. Specifically McCain stated that he does not “support agricultural subsidies no matter where they are.” He further says that the “$300 billion, bloated, pork barrel laden [farm] bill” passed by congress this summer “is something America simply can’t afford.” Grassley Watch could not agree more. Senator Grassley responded to McCain’s coments by sayign that he | Read More »
Breaking News: Republicans oppose ethanol mandate
If you read the 2008 Republican platform you will notice two important things regarding biofuel. First, the plan for energy independence gives ethanol a small role. Second, the platform specifically says “[t]he U.S. government should end mandates for ethanol and let the free market work.”
A reactionary ethanol plan from Grassley
Grassley has once again expressed his desire to drive an ever increasing percentage of the U.S. corn crop towards ethanol production. He recently reaffirmed his support for the ethanol import tariff in a letter he sent to Susan Schwab, U.S. Trade Representative. Read Grassley’s letter here. This letter was in response to a letter sent to Schwab from Senator Dianne Feinstein inquiring if the ethanol | Read More »
Grassley isn’t a delegate, but does it matter?
Many of you may have read previously that the Iowa Republican Party rebuffed Senator Charles Grassley by not selecting the senior Iowa Republican as a delegate to the national convention. This sent a strong signal to Grassley that Iowa conservatives are unhappy, but what impact will it have on the convention? I admit that I am not a political insider. I have not run for a political | Read More »
Grassley Watch catches the Senator’s eye
Grassley Watch has recently learned that Senator Charles Grassley’s office has taken notice of our effort. We are pleased that the Republican Senator from Iowa and his staff have taken the time to review our concerns and constructive criticisms about his work, as well as our occasional recognition of the times when the Senator takes a conservative stand. Grassley Watch is an Iowa based voice for conservatives demanding | Read More »
Renewable Fuels Standard not Waived
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would not grant a waiver of the renewable fuels standard as requested by Texas Governor Rick Perry. The Governor’s request was for the mandated levels of grain ethanol production to be reduced by 50 percent. His reasons for requesting this waiver can be read in his letter to the EPA, but it essentially came down to high | Read More »
Grassley’s Focus on Investigations
Congress has some obligation to act as a watch dog and to hold investigations, but Grassley’s sole focus in the Senate seems to be investigation. His most recent demand is for hearings regarding the FBI’s anthrax letter investigation. It is not that I think hearings on this topic would not be beneficial, but Grassley appears to be accomplishing little else than starting investigations. A short | Read More »
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Is an Ethanol Pipeline Even Necessary?
Senators Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lugar (R-Indiana) have introduced legislation to encourage the construction of a dedicated ethanol pipeline from the Midwest to the Eastern seaboard. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, appears to have endorsed the concept of a dedicated pipeline and says that he “will work in the [Senate] Finance Committee to see that this proposal is included in the | Read More »
Prosperity Gospel v. United States
Gassley Watch has followed the Prosperity Gospel investigation of Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and the cold response he has received from televangelists, ministers, conservatives, and Iowa Republicans. The story has expanded somewhat recently. A Minnesota ministry has now been targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. The Living Word Christian Center of Brooklyn Park is currently under an investigation that its minister, Rev. Mac Hammond, | Read More »
Grassley Willing to Cut Farm Subsidies?
The recently failed WTO negotiations have revealed something interesting; Grassley is willing to reduce agricultural supports. Senator Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade, recently stated that the U.S. was willing to reduce allowable support for agriculture from $48 billion to $15 billion to achieve a successful WTO negotiation.
Grassley on the Housing Bill
Senator Grassley recently released a statement about his vote on the housing bill that recently passed congress and was signed by the president. The problem with this massive bill is that it could do more harm than good. It started out to help Americans who are losing their homes, but it ended up giving banks a $4 billion incentive to foreclose rather than work something | Read More »
Consumers and Suppliers Unhappy With Ethanol
A recent New York Times article has helped to expose the frustration of unwilling ethanol consumers and their suppliers. Marine and small engines are sputtering across the nation and fuel efficiency in our nation’s cars has decreased and all due to ethanol, or at least that is how many consumers see it. According to the article small engine repair centers are seeing an increase in | Read More »