Grassley speaks to National Press Club

National Press ClubBy The Iowa Statesman


U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will discuss the Senate Judiciary Committee’s upcoming agenda for the 114th Congress at a National Press Club Newsmakers beginning right now. Grassley outlined an agenda centered on boosting government accountability and protecting victims of crime while preserving the unique rights of those facing the American criminal justice system.

“The Judiciary Committee holds the keys to the Constitution — the document that is the blueprint for a thriving democracy, and is the guardian of our individual rights and liberties,” he said. “The founding charter of freedom helps guide America through our darkest hours and paves the way to our most triumphant achievements. And, arguably, quite like nothing else, the Constitution’s promise of justice and equal rights under the law, offers hope to victims of injustice in our society.”

Grassley also said couldn’t think of a better platform to embrace and expand opportunities for victims of injustice than from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He also addressed asset forfeiture, noting it has been in the press both nationally and in Iowa.

“Investigations by journalists and civil liberties advocates have exposed perverse incentives that have nudged enforcement of these laws off kilter with basic fairness,” he added.

Grassley also spoke about the role of Congress, particularly the Senate, in overseeing the actions of the Executive Branch, and ensuring government officials uphold the constitutional oaths.

“Our constitutional responsibilities don’t just include writing laws,” he said. “We’re also responsible for ensuring those laws are faithfully implemented and carried out by the executive branch.  It’s something that I don’t think Congress does enough of.”