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Grassley Holds Q and A With Storm Lake High School Students

April 06, 2021 6:48pm

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley held an hour-long question and answer session with Storm Lake High School 11th and 12th grade social studies students in the high school gymnasium this (Tues) morning.

Social studies teacher Sam Lipps asked what lessons he can teach kids about the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capital...(audio clip below  :24 )

Grassley, a Republican, said he's continuing bipartisan work to get prescription drug prices down, and also said he's looking to add to the “First Step Act” that passed two years ago that he put together with Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois to bring more fairness to the criminal justice system.

When asked about legislation that he's most proud of that he was instrumental in getting passed, Grassley pointed to wind energy. Grassley pointed to “No Child Left Behind” which has since been repealed, as a bill that didn't accomplish what legislators thought it would.

Grassley was asked what Iowa can do to keep young people in the state...(audio clip below  :34 )  

When asked what the toughest thing is about being a senator, Grassley's response was the perception given that Republicans and Democrats never get along.

When asked how many proposed bills actually end up becoming law, Grassley said approximately four-thousand bills are introduced in the Senate every two years, and estimated less than five-hundred of them end up getting to the President's desk. Grassley guessed that of those five-hundred, only one-hundred or two hundred are significant pieces of legislation.

Grassley said he visits ten to 12 high schools per year to find out what's on young people's minds.

Grassley, who is 87, has been in the U.S. Senate since 1980, and is up for re-election next year. When asked if he plans to seek an eighth term, he said he'll make that decision in October or November.