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tv   Senator Grassley Post- Town Hall News Conference  CSPAN  February 26, 2017 5:43pm-6:01pm EST

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as you go forward, becuase i can't tell you to do to do anything the president does, because i sincerely think he has a personality problem. [laughter] >> i think the man is sick. i am asking you to be that role model that we look up to that the legislator we have respected for years. i want you to push back. [applause] sen. grassley: ms. tyson, i thank you for your thoughtful comments. thank you very much. thank you for coming. [applause] >> thank you, mr. grassley. [crowd noise]
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senator grassley: you want to be first? you set up for big meetings this week. what are the takeaways? sen. grassley: concern about what is going to happen as a result of repealing the affordable care act, what is going to take its place. the other one is immigration, and the other one is general dislike of what trump has done to this point. >> what do you think -- there was a question about steve bannon's comments at cpac. i think he said his vision is destruction of the administrative state. do you think that is the right vision? sen. grassley: i think what he is talking about is just those things that administrators do
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beyond what the law allows. for instance in the case of waters of the u.s., epa ruling. that is being held up by the courts in ohio, i guess. nationwide as well. then what the president did on legalizing 4.5 million people that he figures he can do by administrative orders. the courts have said that is illegal. before scalia died, the last opinion he wrote was on the epa rules on coal. he did not say the rules were wrong but you did not go through the administrative process you were supposed to. you have to go back and do it the right way. i think it is nothing but administrative overstep that they are trying to bring within the law and within the constitution. >> so maybe not as frightening as some people would make it seem? sen. grassley: well, after all,
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you heard me say out here, the president proposes, we dispose. they can't get away with anything the law says they can do and the courts are a check on the executive and legislative branches of government. >> i might have missed this. it seemed to me that a lot of question suggested that you had changed over the years of being in congress. how do you respond to that? what are your thoughts on that? sen. grassley: i presume most of this audience come from the 36% of the people that voted for my opponent. but you might expect that from them. where i really don't like to hear it is from fellow republicans. i have not heard it in a long time from fellow republicans, but if you go back to the tea party era of 2009 and 2010, i heard it more from republicans than i did from democrats.
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in other words back then i was getting praise from democrats and the republicans seemed to take exception to the stance. the bottom line is chuck grassley has not changed. >> senator, you have seen a lot of outrage and energy in town halls this week from your colleagues. are you concerned about the terms and how the trump administration may affect congress going forward? sen. grassley: i think after 33 days it is too early to make a judgment about that. i think that you can't test a president after 33 days. except it is very clear that this is a president who wants to do everything he promised in the election that he can do without having to change laws and then going through congress. he wants to do everything he can and that is what he has proceeded to do. i think considering how cynical
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the american people are about a politician running on one platform and serving on another platform, i think that people would be satisfied that a president that said what he is going to do, he actually does it in office. beyond that, it would be difficult for me to make judgment. six months from now, the question would be more appropriate. >> to follow up. you mentioned executive orders. does that concern you? what is your message? sen. grassley: most of these executive orders have come in the way where they are trying to reverse something that obama did. if obama had the legal authority or constitutional authority to do something by executive action, this president has it. but i have to say this president needs to be warned about doing that the same way. there have been 50 to 60 court cases in the eight year is that obama has been president that the court said he acted against the law, and even in one case on
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a 9-0 decision said he violated the constitution to appointing people to the nlrb. you have the checks of the court and i think the president needs to be cautious the same way that obama was not cautious. but if he is doing everything if obama could do it legally, , this president can do it legally. >> there were a lot of questions over the last two days about immigration. you emphasize the need to remove dangerous criminals from the country. but from what i have read, the administration's plans might go a lot further than that. is there a line or something that you would take in terms of when an activity might go too far or when the president might be enforcing those laws too robustly? sen. grassley: if you expect
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this to be a law, a nation based on the rule of law, you can't hardly make any exception to it. if you start making one exception, you are going to have to justify why other people have to obey a certain law. that is the principle of our country and constitution and our society and everyone respects it. if you did not respected, we would have a chaotic society. but there is a practical answer to your question. it is called administrative or prosecutorial discretion. you can have any number of prosecutors, but you might have violations of law, so you might have to say what are you going to enforce, what are you going to prosecute first? obviously you prosecute those who are most dangerous. it is the same way with deportation. you have to prioritize. you don't have the resources or desire in america to remove everybody, so in the end you
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will prioritize criminal aliens and people that it in already adjudicated with emphasis upon adjudication. they would be deported. that is where the emphasis is and we will see when that gets done who else will be affected. >> can you talk about what will be coming in legislation, not -- on immigration reform but when they talk about how the system is broken? sen. grassley: i don't think there will be any comprehensive immigration reform. i believe there will be some smaller pieces of legislation dealing with agricultural workers, unskilled workers, and professional people like engineers. i believe there will be some legislation to make mandatory sentencing for people that are deported and come back into the country. criminal aliens who have been deported and come back into the country. the steinle bill in iowa, we have sarah's law that is trying
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to get past. by the way, some of these regulations help the sarah law goal. the -- sarah's family could not get information from the government and this is to make sure that that information gets to the families. let's see. along that line, i guess i had better leave it at that. there may be more, but i think that will get the most attention. >> do you have any plans to visit the higher populated counties in iowa? sen. grassley: of course. in polk county last year, i had 30 q and a's with different people. i have interaction with the big counties all the time. i'm surprised i don't get more criticism that i don't come to the really rural counties of
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violent weather once a year sometimes. >> what do you hear about from people in town halls? senator grassi: the thing that has been emphasized to me is medicaid aspects of obamacare and the importance of that two -- to people that aren't covered by private insurance within obamacare. i think that has been brought home pretty strongly to me. that does not mean i have a policy that i can enunciate as a result of it, but it is getting much more consideration not only to chuck grassley because of iowa town meetings, but it seems to be from other town meetings as well. murkowski yesterday is an example. >> speaking of obamacare,
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earlier this week in hampton you said you support keeping the consumer protection and the taxes to pay for this with the subsidies and exchanges, are you in favor of keeping those in place? sen. grassley: it depends on if we have a replacement immediately when we have with repeal, then the new policies will take care of that probably through refundable tax credits and tax credits. but what i'm speaking about, or to answer your question, if there is a period of time and a month ago there was a talk of two years between repeal and replacement. during that period of time, we made it very clear we would keep inlace the exchanges and the subsidies that go with it. thank you all very much. >> one more question, actually. sen. grassley: you don't have to apologize. >> i was just waiting for
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anybody else to see they would ask. you have been doing this thing, coming and visiting constituents from a long time. have you ever seen a reaction like this? what you think people are acting like this, regardless of republican, democrat, whatever? what do you take away from it? sen. grassley: that people think congress is not acting fast enough. i don't expect you to happen to -- know what happened in 2009 and last year. you may remember last year, but these are relatively quiet town meetings compared to 2009 when i had 750 people on the lawn of the dallas county courthouse and a lot of other lawns as well and also compared to march, april, may, june of last year in regard to garland as example. these are relatively quiet. >> regardless of how contentious and rowdy why is it important to
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, have these? sen. grassley: i will answer your question in more than two words. those two words of representative government. if you are going to have representative government, you have to have dialogue with your constituents. usually we start a town meeting with five minutes of what i am telling you now. i did not want to type came away -- take time away from a big crowd to go into some of it. the principle of representative government is i am one half of it. you are the other half. you have to have dialogue with your constituents if you have representative government. but if this is the only way do it, you would not have much contact. i thought people to mail me, they call me and leave their name and address. we answer our paper. that is how i keep it up when i can't be in iowa. keep it up every day. >> is or anything take away you will take out of washington at all these meetings? sen. grassley: this will be a
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repeat of what i told the national news, but basically the real concern about the affordable care act, how much time there is between repeal and replacement and the emphasis on my audience does not want to much light between the two. if it could be simultaneous, it ought to be simultaneous. the second is immigration issues and the third would be on medicaid as it relates to the obamacare expansion of medicaid. >> thank you, guys. that is all the time we have. >> i think a lot of these kids look at these huge ideas. you take twitter, uber, airbnb, and they seem conversationally but a seinfeld episode. they felt like, oh, i could do it like this. it was so much harder. >> tonight on q&a, alexander
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wolfe looks at the world of startups in silicon valley and the young people who have entered their with hopes of becoming the next big success story. in her book "valley of the gods." >> a lot of them felt like the rest of hollywood actresses to l.a. the end of being a waitress and the way for their big day. i feel like it's harder to the elon musk tom cruise. so many of these companies, instagram, uber, the people running them did not just have a lucky break. the stories were years and years coding.eering and they have qualifications i can't even imagine. >> tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q and a. >> tonight on afterwards -- >> the focus was to try to get justice for trayvon. all these obstacles were placed
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in our path. what parent do you know that has a 17-year-old that if something happens to them they wouldn't want answers? >> this has been thrust on us. we understand there is a bigger picture. there is something more important than just the death of our son. there are other lives we have been trying to impact. >> on the fifth anniversary of the death of trayvon martin his parents talk about their son's life-and-death. plus their experience with the judicial system in their book "rest in power." they are interviewed by wesley lowry, washington post national reporter covering law enforcement, justice and race. >> what the you think of the legacy of your son's life-and-death, and the activism that has been birthed because of it? the dream defenders, black lives
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matter, the phrase black lives matter written in response in the philly with zimmerman. -- the failure with zimmerman. foremost we definitely think of trayvon as a young man who galvanized this country. >> i think the name trayvon martin represents not just who trayvon martin was, but all young black and brown boys, and some girls as well, that have been killed in nobody is being held accountable. >> tonight at 9:00 eastern on afterwards. steve: joining us on "newsmakers" is leonard leo. he is executive vice president of the federalist society currently serving as a white , house adviser on president trump's supreme court nominee. thank you for being with us. leonard: good to be here. steve: joining us, we have jess bravin and josh gerstein.

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