tv Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley Holds Town Hall Meeting with Constituents CSPAN February 25, 2017 5:54am-7:01am EST
♪ announcer: watch c-span as president donald trump delivers his first address to a joint session of congress. president trump: this congress is going to be the busiest congress we have had in decades. announcer: following the speech, the democratic response given by steven beshear and your reaction, along with comments from members of congress. live tuesday at 9:00 p.m. eastern. >> with congress in recess, several lawmakers are holding town halls in their home states. chuck grassley took questions on friday from constituents on a number of issues, including health care, immigration, and education.
he was also asked about the ethical and moral standards of president trump. this is just over an hour. >> 22 years i worked here we have posted a number of elected officials and candidates from both parties. we have always had respectful meetings. that is what we are looking for today. i think maybe the senator refers to it as iowa nice. we welcome you as guest everyone who is from somewhere else. what we expect is that you do not interrupt. use your inside voice. i know it will be hard to hear, but if we are all quiet we can hear the questions. and be respectful of others. pretty elementary stuff, be respectful of others. you come here from somewhere,
whether you were paid to be here or you are here voluntarily -- [shouting] [indiscernible] >> you guys are not professionals. >> i didn't mean to be -- >> it is time to start iowa nice. it is not iowa night. >> we will go for iowa nice, everyone on board with that? i apologize -- [indiscernible] [laughter] chuck grassley: kind of an iowa warm winter. i am proud of the big turnout
considering the roads are bad, not too bad, thank god, and everybody can come here safely. what i have done at other town meetings is i -- and it seemed to work out ok for everybody that wanted to make a point of view, i would ask maybe for one word from various people, maybe 10 different subjects that you want to bring up so we cover as much as we can cover, and then -- and then, a lot of you come because you want me to listen to you. that is perfectly ok if i just stand and listen to you. yesterday, i started out our meetings in charles city maybe for 15 minutes, letting five or six people just tell me what they wanted me to hear one way from them, not asking any questions, and then we went to
questions. it seemed to work ok yesterday in charles city, so if that is ok with you, i will start out by -- and i will have my back to you, but i will listen, but hopefully everybody doesn't talk at one time. i would like to have some subjects that you want to bring up. >> tax returns. >> enemy of the people. chuck grassley: just a minute. >> steve bannon. chuck grassley: just a minute. please, i don't write that fast. who asked about enemy, something about enemy? >> enemy of the people. chuck grassley: ok, enemy of the people. >> [indiscernible] chuck grassley: what was -- the lady. >> steve bannon. chuck grassley: i heard bannon. >> affordable care act. >> moral and ethical standards. >> russia. >> your voting record.
>> climate change. chuck grassley: ok, now -- >> sexual predators. chuck grassley i heard russia. :what did i hear after russia? >> epa. chuck grassley: i have got that down. >> your voting record. >> do you have the aca down? chuck grassley: i just now wrote down aca. >> epa. chuck grassley: what was that? education. >> planned parenthood. cap grassley: -- chuck grassley: ok, maybe two more. >> planned parenthood. >> farm bill. chuck grassley: i heard immigration and farm bill. >> planned parenthood. >> and planned parenthood. >> financial regulations. chuck grassley: yeah, i got that.
>> fascism. chuck grassley: let me tell you what i wrote down here and we can go through this hopefully ethical, opl russia, aca, education -- russia is down here, education, immigration, farm bill and scotus. when we get through this, we can add to it. we will cover more than this here, ok? aski am going to just people that just want me to listen for a few minutes to your questions, maybe 4, 5 people. the respectful of other people's time you don't take away from others, you want to be the first one, go ahead. >> i am a supervisor. on behalf of the residents that
we both represent, i would like to end right you to come and hold a holding public town hall meeting in black hawk county. [applause] 99 counties, you know better than i do that you don't hold public meetings in places like black hawk county. we need you to come and speak to these residents that we both represent. also, issues we have in black hawk county that we need your advocacy on. we are one of two were -- we have one of two county nursing homes in the fate, and is just in the state, and is in danger because medicaid is screwing us. we need your senior status on whether we can cover the contributions. you need to serve the most vulnerable people in complex metal health and physical
disabilities, some people have lived out there for 50 years. we are close to closing because we are getting shafted by medicaid reimbursement rates. i want you to come out, see these folks living there, see these folks we will have to displace if we don't get assistance on the federal government. we have seen what happens with other nursing rooms that are -- nursing homes that are privately run. we have one in lamarr that close down, but people were living there for weeks on end with broken bones, open rashes, skin scores, sores -- skin sores. i beg you, come out, see what we are dealing with, come to black hawk county, holding public town hall. we would be glad to organize it for you. [applause] up wayrassley: standing in the back, if you want to be next. >> thanks, senator grassley.
to mye a real example children. i really appreciate that. i love the way that you never miss a vote. i tell my children, be like senator grassley. if you have a job to do, do it. i also would like to just say that though there is a lot of disagreement in these meetings, let's remember the vast majority of iowans voted for senator grassley and support his decisions, and the majority of iowans voted for donald trump. [applause] obamacare repealed. >> no. no we don't. >> we want the wall built. >> no we don't. chuck grassley: i want you to keep talking, because i said i would listen to you, but when the clap or speak out, stop
until they get done so everyone can hear you. and i really think what you did in letting the american people vote to decide who the next supreme court justice would be -- >> now. >> will go down in history as one of the greatest and most .mportant acts of your career so thank you, and god bless you. [applause] all right, you speak. i hope i am pointing to the right person. you stand up. yes, you. yes, you. you are next. that election was not reflective of where the american people are. i want to point out that if this was the popular vote, this was a move in the state of iowa for
authoritarianism, a dictator move towards fascism. here are notot -- professional protesters. we are the american people. [applause] disturbed.ply i am frightened. with what they are doing as far as the righteousness that you are feeding in this nation. we are reflective of the american people, and the american people should be ashamed. >> gas. [applause] -- yes. [applause] chuck grassley: i looked straight ahead, so some of you over here, let's see. let's go with you, sir. >> we have been going through this for years. we are talking a lot -- chuck grassley: do you want to come out here so people can hear you?
>> a lot of talk the last few days deporting criminals, illegal aliens. wall,cern is, without the what good will that do? many of them just come back. why don't we start with the wall? [applause] >> [indiscernible] [laughter] [applause] >> ask a woman. chuck grassley: in other words, i have called on man all the time? yes, yes. that is fair enough. that is fair enough. now 10 women's have their hands up. go ahead. now remember, i said if they clap or something, then you stop and start again so everybody can hear you. >> are you in washington to
protect our rights and social security [indiscernible] >> louder. >> are you going to protect our rights from social security we have all paid into all of our lives, senior citizens, and i am one of them depend on those monthly checks to live? or are you listening to the lobbyists? [applause] >>: somebody younger. >> age first. chuck grassley: gentleman with the white beard. >> what steps would you take to make sure there is an independent and thorough investigation of the trump-putin russian intelligence agency fiasco? [applause] >> how will the results of that investigation be recorded to the
american people so we know what really is happening with ever government and our government leaders -- our government and our government leaders and what used to be our number one enemy? [applause] chuck grassley: the lady -- please stand. >> will you answer that? chuck grassley: people that want to give me their opinions first, we will go back and ask for questions. >> answer. chuck grassley: i want to hear the statements at this point. >> if we are going to be repealing the affordable care act, what is the timeline for the people in washington to put something in place so that people can stay on their family's health insurance, that children with type one diabetes can keep their health insurance through their lives? we have serious issues that the affordable care act has fixed, and we need to keep those things. i am not hearing a timeline or when we will get something you. -- new. [applause] let's see.ley:
now i think i should let people -- well, go ahead, sir. i thought we would go to questions, but go ahead. >> it is a question. the other day, you were asked to use your leadership role among republicans to make trump be more truthful, and your response was, trump will be trump, and that you don't know him that well. that says you know he is a liar and a con man, and you are not going to hold him accountable. senator grassley, will you call trump about on his blatant lies, or continue to let trump lie to the american people? [applause] chuck grassley: ok, now, now --
>> answer my question now. chuck grassley: i said we are going to go to people -- he said he wanted to make a statement. i called it. go ahead, go ahead. [indiscernible] >> he doesn't want to answer, because he doesn't want to hold them accountable. >> my name is miriam, i am an immigration authority in waterloo. i am a naturalized u.s. citizen from peru. i want to thank you on your many years of service. in the year 2000, you hosted one of my clients with a private bill. you introduced the bill in the senate floor, and he was granted permanent residents by president clinton. through the years, you have helped many of my clients, when i call your office in the morning, when i call your office
in waterloo. always tell my clients, documented and undocumented. i need to know why now you are going to turn iowa cases that have parents separating them. what are you supporting for the policy of president trump? [applause] chuck grassley: my answer to your question is, i have not read, i have not read the document that has been put out, but commentaries on the document and people trying to explain the document explain it this way that the privatization of felony criminals to be deported, and that are follows the same
policies that was in the clinton administration and the george w. bush administration. so if it goes the same way that one democrat, one previous president has done it, and it follows the same thing as getting criminal aliens out of the country, and also i think added to the list are people who have been adjudicated to be deported, whatever that involves other than being a criminal , that is thet sure priority. >> i don't know if you have read the memo on november 25, the one that your former security agent recently, but the memo takes away considerable due process from people by allowing ice officers, and even regular police officers to act as if they were immigration judges. they are trying to expedite the
removal proceedings to nationwide. it used to be that the expedited removal proceedings were only within 105 miles of the border. they are taking that away from people. they are taking -- most people in iowa undocumented in iowa, about half of them have children who are u.s. citizens. the work, who pay taxes. i want to address your question. 40% of people undocumented came here by train. chuck grassley: you are right on that. >> i want you to address that. [applause] there is part of the program that addresses that. we put $1 billion into the biometric exit, entry system for people that come over here legally, you know who they are, and if they don't leave, we know who they are when they haven't left. that is being done for those
40%. >> the immigration system is outdated. it doesn't work for anybody. we all know there are people who are undocumented. their employers are not taking them for taxes. it hurts us as citizens, it hurts the state, it hurts the country. you voted against that, again and again against bills that really would help individual cases that you need to do what is right. this is not who we are. this is not who you have been for the last 20 years. you help iowans. [applause] do what is right. [applause] all, ifassley: first of people in this room don't know, we are welcoming every year about one million people that
come here with papers. and you do, i think in one respect -- i don't know if this is the respect you are referring to -- but in one respect, our immigration system is broken from this standpoint. we need some skilled workers, engineers, and agricultural , assuming there aren't americans to fill those jobs. and people want to come here legally if they can, and the extent to which our embassies around the world, we don't have the capability to have people come here legally, that is where the system is really broke. >> we don't have the laws that allow people to do that. for many years, the u.s. and mexico have a separate program. people from mexico used to come here, work in the field, and then they went back home. --oira ira past
passed. if we had the system that would allow people to come and work, i am all for making sure they don't take jobs u.s. citizens can do. we would know if they are drug dealers or rapists, but trump expects people like us -- we don't know who that is coming in who they are, we are at risk. we need to vet those people. research shows over and over again the seniority of people [indiscernible] [laughter] [applause] chuck grassley: the girl in purple way in the back. >> not a girl. if that is what you are interested in, yeah. chuck grassley: no, that is ok.
>> try to get everybody in here. >> it is time to answer my question. [laughter] >> are you just not going to look at me? chuck grassley: i am trying to look at you. >> there were answers for everyone so they can hear it. chuck grassley: while everybody can hear this as far as i am concerned, i am just talking to the press now and the tv. i forget what room we are going to go to, but i give you 15 minutes afterwards for a news conference. i will go to that room, and you follow me, so that we can have, you can ask me any questions you
want to ask me. we will give priority to the iowa tv and press, then later on to the national press. i am going to call on the lady i think that is purple, is it u ni purple? >> [indiscernible] ran the first time. >> louder. i voted for him in the student union when he ran the first time. what concerns me the most is silence. when there is silence before a predator -- [indiscernible] [applause] >> fascism. [applause] >> i want to ask you what makes you put party over country now. [applause] >> because in recent weeks, i have been appalled at being called a paid protester because
as far as i can see, the only person that is paid is you by betsy devos and the koch brothers. [applause] >> if you know anyone in this room who is being paid, i would imagine [indiscernible] i am appalled at this. [indiscernible] >> thank you, sister. chuck grassley: ask to repeat the question. >> why you put party over country. chuck grassley: she wants to white -- know why i put party over country. i suppose there is several different instances i can give to say that she is wrong,
but the one that i used most often last year, and i think it will continue this year as well, is the good working relationship that i have with the democrats on the judiciary committee, where every bill that came out 32,ommittee, 30 or 31 or don't hold me to the exact number, every one of them was bipartisan bills, and 18 of them were signed by the president. you think the president would sign a bill if i put party over country? [shouting] you wanted an: answer -- >> i can repeat the question. chuck grassley: you don't have to repeat the question. you want to know what i was going to do about the president. i think the best thing any public official can do, because you can't control other public
officials, is to set a good example. my good example is a rule i have followed my entire life, if you always tell the truth, you don't have to worry what you told somebody else. [shouting] way, way in the back there. can you talk real loud? >> i am a speech major at uni, and many people are concerned about the job betsy devos is going to be doing. of educationdecade is now going to be in the hands of her, and you, sir, have voted for her confirmation. many constituents, how can you
justify your vote for her? [applause] sen. grassley: you don't expect her before i answer your question, do i? greensboro,s in north carolina, all the poor publichad to go to the schools while the rich ones went to the private schools, $25,000 a year. i could not afford that. my kid had to go through a metal detector to get to the auditorium or anything like that and i had to homeschool her in the end because i was care. drug dealers were going to new
whether it is devos's or anyone, i will answer your question about the boss -- devos. thanks for being quiet. whether it is the father's -- about devos, there is a great deal of debate, republicans and democrats over a long deal of time, that a president that is elected should have a people in his cabinet to help him carry out his program. just like i did not agree with eric holder when i voted for him to be attorney general or obama and we put in a cabinet people office, first day in which reciprocity we don't get this time from the opposition, but it is along the lines that a president who is elected ought
to have people who should help him get the job done. toregard to -- and in regard devos, and you mentioned all the things you're worried about if she is secretary of education, she is not the superintendent of schools and i have heard from other people in town meetings that public schools are in jeopardy. schoole people in this district can put this district in jeopardy because she has nothing to do with this school district, how it operates, or anything. >> let him talk. sen. grassley: she has four programs all set up by congress and money appropriated by congress. special education, vocational education, reading programs, and college programs. and she -- and she has two
administers those laws the way that congress passed it. there is any fear about it, she can't do anything about the public schools. only the 50 states could do that. at one time for 10 years, and i bet you were one of these and i am one of them now, but i didn't vote for no child left behind but it did not work out anyway anticipated and you probably heard bad experiences with it as a student at you and i -- at uni. passed legislation to do away with no child left behind, have a new federal law, and she will have to carry out that federal law. d.c. out of gets being a school board for all the students in the united states and turning it act where it should have been like it was before no child left behind, so
that states and local school districts can make these decisions in regard to education, not secretary of education devos [applause] . [applause] sen. grassley: we've got somebody hands up. how about you and the checkered shirt? 1965, the executive observed 20 times by the average worker. by the end of the 1970's, executive compensation skyrocketed. worker, -- executive compensation to worker compensation was 275-1. you have been representing iowa this whole time this has been happened and you have done five public aches closures --
five look exposures and you have a network of $500 million. the federal minimum wage is $5.50 cents 2009. year,ve art $15,200 a which is just enough to be a member of the working poor. if you have a family, you are in poverty. because of action in congress, 29 states have established a minimum wage higher than the federal level and the rest of the states, including iowa, are still at seven dollars 20 by cents an hour -- $7.25 an hour. legislatureublican wants to take that back so everyone can have the same crappy wage. why aren't you pushing for a living wage for workers, including the 80% that our
service economy workers? [applause] sen. grassley: when did i quit beating my wife? >> you did? >> i don't know. >> poor barbara. sen. grassley: no, i'm going to answer him because i've got to do that. don't put your hand up yet. >> i don't think that is appropriate. women are concerned. that is extremely disrespectful. sen. grassley: i apologize. some of all, he made reference to my net worth. when you expect a person who handles his money well get paid by what you guys pay me that if you save it, that you would do -- and the other one -- i will wait until we get done here so everyone can hear me.
the other thing is if you bought ago and itears appreciates 10 times what you paid for it, i've got nothing to do with that. inflation took care of that. >> what about the workers? sen. grassley: if there is inference that i did something that was unethical, then i -- i'm trying to get the minimum wage question because i get it frequently. i don't know whether it is three or four times since i have been in the congress of the united voted,that i have sometimes for increasing minimum wage, and sometimes not. my rule generally for voting for it is if we have high unemployment, then i don't want to increase the cost of labor because you increase the cost of
something, you get less of it. the nonpartisan congressional budget 750,000 mostly young people would be unemployed the last time the issue was up in congress. times i have voted for minimum wage increase has been when there is opportunities to help small business. at the same time you are increasing minimum wage so that small businesses that don't have the opportunity to absorb the increased cost, that they get some help so they don't have to lay people off. if they had three employees, two get an increase in wages and that is good for them. the person laid off does not have income at all. that has been the rule i have on minimum wage. do you want to be next? >> the unemployment rate is 4.6%. it is low. >> my name is steve.
is, do you agree with the president of the united that thed senior staff media are the enemy to the american people and if you don't believe that, why have you not pushed back on that, and if you do believe that, why are you meeting with them? sen. grassley: i think i pushed back on it. i probably have had tv or press interviews six or seven or eight times just this week and your question came out, so let me answer it the same way. i'm going to answer it again if i am asked in the news conference. the press is not the enemy of the people. is the policeman for our representative system of government. it is what we count on to keep all levels of government, state, county, federal, your school
district's, every level of government honest, and we count on it. [applause] sen. grassley: if there is anything that bothers me, it is this. it has nothing to do with them being an enemy or anything. --s just that when you read a couple times in the last 20 years after presidential elections, and this does not apply to the people that are here unless they are from washington dc, but from people with washington dc and new arc and their journalists, when i read that 93% of them voted for a democratic candidate for congress, i mean for president, then you could question may be their bias and the opposite of that, and i will give you the name of a des moines reporter of years ago, who did not register to vote because he thought it
would show some partisanship that a journalist should not have. i think you can question whether or not they look at things and leave their personal views out of it. go ahead. >> the president of the united states said in so many words they are the enemy of the american people. does that not scare you at all? sen. grassley: i would tell you, i would tell the president that he is wrong. >> have you told him? have you told him? >> have you told him? sen. grassley: i have not seen the president for a long time. [indiscernible] sen. grassley: wait until it is quiet. >> my question is about the affordable care act.
this is under debate. sarah palin says that [indiscernible] you clearly did not like it at that point. it has been seven years. in all seven years, you and other members of your party -- and now you have the power to repeal it and replace it with something but there does not seem to be anything to replace it with. is this what you call good governance? [applause] that, there up are commercials on tv saying there is something in place and donald trump said the other day that they have a really good plan. [laughter] >> it's going to be huge. sen. grassley: it will have
taxes in it, so under the constitution it has to start in the house of representatives and it is my understanding that it will be next week or the following week, to answer your question. >> what is the plan? sen. grassley: it will be made public next week. >> my question is about financial regulation. in the recent week, president trump signed an executive order aimed at attacking the dodd frank act. it is hard to believe he is looking out for the little guy when he and his team grew up under goldman sachs. you and your party repeal be stp toe requiring companies reveal their foreign investment. theident trump is attacking officio reroll that
says investment companies have to look out for their investors and not themselves. repealing that rule, they can we will make sure our board members are wealthy and your retirement fund is intact second. what you are doing to protect the little guy? [applause] sen. grassley: let me tell you what i will do and then you react to that and tell me what you think after i get done talking to you. first of all, i don't think that as a massive 350 page bill, will be repealed. i think these things will be done. sometime in the future. some of them have already been dealt with with the district court in d.c. saying that part of it was unconstitutional. what congress will have to do
will be number one, it sucked in all of the community bankers , withhere in parkersburg the wall street bankers, with the same regulations. there will be accommodations for community bankers to not have as rigid regulation as what wall street had spirit immunity bankers weren't part of the problem. the part that deals with the consumer finance protection board, it has no oversight by congress because it gets its money from the federal reserve without appropriation through congress. we are going to set it up so they get their money through congress so they have to become before the confirmation committee and have oversight like every other federal agency and that some of their actions that can't be appealed to the courts and i think we would appeal whatever action that is to be appealed to the courts.
maybe i should not speak so all-encompassing, but what i have read about the banking committee might do, that is what i think we are limited to doing about dollar-frank -- dodd frank. i did not answer that. let me answer that. two aspects to the fiduciary rule that i think have to be corrected. with athere is a rule security and exchange commission in then there is a rule department of labor -- maybe i had better start over again. there is a requirement under sec regulations and another requirement in the labor department that if you follow what the labor department says,
you are file lading the security and vice versa. no one should be put in that position. the second one is that the supreme court has ruled in a couple of cases that you can't or private right of action lawsuits that are done by regulation. this provides for private right of action lawsuits through regulation and not through enactment by congress. i think those two things have to be taken care of. there might be an attempt to do away with the whole thing, that i don't know where that is at this point. you have probably been waving your hand all day. >> you wrote me a letter a couple of weeks ago. i written you about immigration. you said that you need to make sure that the bad guys are having much more thorough screening processes. what i understand to be the
screening progress for immigration and i want to know what needs to be more thorough. you and hcr says in depth refugee interviews, home country checks, biological screenings and after that, a small percentage are referred for resettlement. this includes survivors of torture, victims of sexual violence, targets of political needy, and, medical female heads of households. it takes 18-24 months already. overre children, 25 are 60. 2% are young men. here, andfinally get the u.s. there are nine organizations that help them settle. we know about that because we have a wonderful experience in this area.
i teach a lot of children of bosnian immigrants. ehey passed through this typ of rigor the syrians are going through now. we want to take people out of these horrible areas. this is the row and once they get here they are taking care by our community group to make sure that they are able to make a new life for themselves and leave that violence. up -- and upd being people like me. i don't know what you want more thorough. we need to be welcoming to these people who have gone through her brenda's experiences. [applause] horrendous experiences. [applause] sen. grassley: in case you don't know, we have been a welcoming nation for refugees since world war ii as least, and we will continue. i think your question is very specific, but if you want me to
say 1, 2, 3, four, in addition to what you said, i can't give you that. i would expect the state department to take care of this problem. that would not be an issue. until two or three years ago, i am yelling at you but everyone else wants to hear me. [laughter] sen. grassley: until two or three years ago, you would not be asking me this question and you would not have written me the letter and i would not have given you the answer i gave you because a couple of years ago, that is when people in that part of the world said they were going to send terrorists under the refugee on brill a -- refugee on brill a to kill -- umbrella to kill americans. our number one issue is to protect american people. we don't want terrorists in here. to get things tightened up from that part of the world, not the
rest of the world. 3/4 of our refugees come from southeast asia or africa. we will continue to take from southeast and from africa. from this part of the world where they are threatening, that is what we have to be careful about. are dealing with the politics of fear. [applause] sen. grassley: no. i feel guilty every time we have 90 people killed in orlando, two in chattanooga -- [indiscernible] >> they have not done that. sen. grassley: no, you are right on that. you are very right on that. i am just telling you, that is when, that is what you think about when you think about terrorists coming into the country.
[indiscernible] sen. grassley: wait a minute so everyone can hear. >> your leadership needs to go above the politics of fear. you need to share the message of iowa that you started your letter with that we have been a welcoming nation and have nothing to fear because our community groups, they are around immigrants and make sure they are safe and welcome. [applause] >> there is nothing to fear. sen. grassley: people are afraid. >> you're trying to solve a problem that does not exist. sen. grassley: yeah. >> thank you for taking the time out to take this meeting. i hope the meetings you have had this week will further encourage of to to stay at the front
the issues you have spoken passionately about. -- a seemingly number of outrages which i could bring up here, but none of them beats keeping me up at night like the subject, about -- not about russia, immigration, health care, infrastructure, trade, clean water, free speech, or free press. my two-year-old son's home. no other issue concerns me like climate change. [applause] >> my son should have a habitable planet to live on. all the other issues that will be mentioned here are moot. senator, we need a manhattan project-type effort with an unlimited budget for this crisis. yes, i said unlimited. add trillions of
dollars to the national debt. senator, i am here to ask for you to commit to do everything in your power to support climate change research and stop the greatest earth disaster possible. [applause] >> senator, could i ask you a question about morals? sen. grassley: where are you? >> right here. sen. grassley: well, he made a statement and asked me to do that. >> i would assume you could say you have high moral and ethical standards, correct? you have high moral and ethical standards, correct? would that be a fair statement? that's a compliment. you do, don't you senator? sen. grassley: i would rather
you tell me whether you do. and i thinkou do you should surround yourself with people who have high moral and ethical standards. sen. grassley: i try to. >> you have been a senator for how many years? >> 36. sen. grassley: you've got really nothing to prove. you are not hold to anyone but the constituents who elect you to serve again. so i think the thing you need to do is speak out? , ok? now, we have a minority of people in this country have elected a president that constantly lies and uses it ms. information. constantly. people with physical handicaps. if those two things don't bother you from a moral and ethical standard, tell me what line in the sand you are going to draw that they will.
pows, ands vietnam one of them being a senator from your party. he belittles families of afghan and iraqi veterans who have been killed. he says the enemy -- the press is the enemy of the american people. place, the moral standard is not there yet. he refuses to release his taxes. set --ses to a verse and diverse himself from his financial contacts. he compares russia's involvement in our elections with our involvement in the italian elections in 1948, which we were trying to keep a fascist country and going communist. higher-level would you want in the international realm? and we also have a guy who
admittedly gropes women. now, tell me where your standards are at, senator. how low are they that these things don't bother you enough that you will speak out and say enough is enough? [applause] >> tell me where they are. if you have moral and ethical standards, where are they at? where are they at? [indiscernible] >> that's all i want to know. >> i would say that he is mentally ill. [indiscernible] going to say something or do something and you say enough is enough. >> answer the question! >> answer the question. answer it!
answer his question. >> please answer his question. sen. grassley: i think i spoke very strongly -- >> answer the question. sen. grassley: ok. strongly.spoke very one example he gave that came out from the president in october, i spoke out strongly against it. it was printed in the paper. >> thank you for coming here. representing iowa and agriculture all these years and thank you for representing us in washington. >> a man -- amen.
[applause] sen. grassley: the lady in the back. >> last night -- sen. grassley: thank you. >> admitting that the goal of was a strike.t that was at the cpac where he and rights previous were being interviewed -- reince priebus were being interviewed. we all think that the cabinet members were being nominated so they could going to these departments and destroy them. that is his word. tell me why we need to have people in their that want to destroy our country? [applause] sen. grassley: remember --
remember, the checks and balances and government and a said, you-- what she are. that is exactly what i am going to say to you. >> then do your job. sen. grassley: whether it's somebody that the president has in the white house or whether it's someplace in the cabinet, everything in the executive branch, they have to enforce the laws. they have to, if they want to propose something, remember, they propose, congress disposes. congress can check some of the regulations. we appropriate the money and all that. >> president trump leaned on devos to make her ask for the transgender law that protected children and congress had nothing to say about that.
children lost their protection. sen. grassley: ok. go ahead. you can be the last person. hour, i am a an black lady from waterloo, iowa, who happens to be in immigrant from the country of jamaica and i understand that the united states and iowa is a welcoming -- i'm tiredakes of you ignoring me. you know who i am. miriam from waterloo, iowa, and i am a fan and frequent visitor of this beautiful city. now i have a question or a request and a comment. my request is this. mother thatter
and her waterloo children are out of shape and they have gotten ill. were in chargei of taking care of her. we found out that there was tookne in minnesota who more than $6,000 out of her bank account. at a bankbank account in waterloo. we filed charges. he went to court and he was convicted. bank still has not returned more than $6,000 from her account. wondering, what a signature
is supposed to mean on a check when they won't return her money taken frome it was her statement when she found out ? this lady is 90 years old. 90 years old. i won all of you to know that. we have to protect our senior citizens. [applause] >> amen. atyou are really good investigating these types of things and i'm asking you to do that. sen. grassley: ok. >> my comment is this. i have been in waterloo for more than 40 years. i am an active democrat, but i tell you what, we all come and i know, especially in the black community, have always been accustomed to your service to iowa. it has been impeccable.
you really do your job. now, wait a minute. [laughter] >> but ever since you got in a leadership position on the thatiary committee, i feel you have disappointed us. [applause] >> i have always observed that you are a man of integrity and one year, president obama gave you a name. but because of politics, i believe, and i have not seen you do this before, you have not marched his nominee forward. the election.ut
it was a whole year before this. [applause] >> [indiscernible] i am so disappointed. as you go forward, i can't tell you to do to do anything the president does, because i sincerely think he has a personality problem. [laughter] you to be that willpower -- role model that we legislatorthat the we have respected for years. i want you to push back. [applause] >> yes! ms. tyson, i: thank you for your thoughtful comments. thank you very much. thank you for coming.
[applause] >> thank you, mr. grassley. >> he is here and seized in washington journal is next. at 10:00, we will take you live to atlanta for the democratic national convention. this afternoon includes a discussion about cyber security. + coming up, american for the arts president and ceo robert lynch talks about federal funding of the arts. then foreign policy senior reporter molly o'toole talks about the future of u.s.-mexican relations after new immigration directives were announced this week by the trump administration. soave tells how police
officers are used to control student behavior in school. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, ♪ host: the new york times says the national security advisor told his staff that using the phrase radical islamic terrorism was not helpful book of terrorists were not islamic, the times mentioning that language different than used by michael flynn. the washington post saying that key intelligence officials were asked ivy white house to challenge stories about alleged contact between trump campaign officials in russia intelligence officers. this is washington journal for february 25. ,cience news this week