WASHINGTON DC (April 7, 2020) — Senators Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and 12 of their Senate colleagues today sent a letter to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting additional funds be allocated to the biofuel industry through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) during the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON DC (April 7, 2020) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles "Chuck" Grassley renewed his inquiries into potential wasteful and inappropriate travel spending at the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), specifically seeking full and complete answers to prior questions about multiple trips to Hawaii.

WASHINGTON DC (April 7, 2020) — A group of policy leaders in both the US Senate and House of Representatives are seeking an inspector general review of the use of psychotropic and antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities across the United States. The request rises out of decades-old concerns that there are insufficient safeguards in place to protect against the unnecessary or inappropriate prescription of these drugs.

WASHINGTON DC (April 6, 2020) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E Neal (D-MA) called for an expedited investigation to identify the products that may be needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA (April 6, 2020) — On April 4, Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley released the following statement regarding President Trump’s termination of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson:

Q: What’s in the CARES Act to help Iowans who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic?

I need to withdraw money from my retirement account to cover expenses related to the health emergency. Am I eligible? Generally, if the account is in an eligible retirement plan, the plan may permit you to take a coronavirus-related distribution if:

Who is eligible for unemployment insurance? The Unemployment Compensation program (UC, usually referred to as Unemployment Insurance, or UI) makes insurance payments to workers who become involuntarily unemployed for economic reasons and meet state-established eligibility rules. The program generally does not provide insurance payments to the self-employed, those who are unable to work, or those who do not have a recent earnings history.

WASHINGTON DC (April 2, 2020) — Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA), a leading advocate for agriculture and farmers in the US Senate, is calling on the Departments of Justice and Agriculture to investigate potential market-manipulation and other illegal activity by large meat-packing companies in the cattle industry.

Does the CARES Act help hospitals deal with reduced Medicare payments from the delay in elective procedures and other care related to COVID-19? Section 3719 of the CARES Act enables hospitals to receive accelerated payments from the Medicare program.