Iowa U-S Senators Ernst and Grassley return to Iowa

President Trump and collective bargaining in Iowa were up for debate

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - KCAU9's Amanda Krenz sat down Monday with Iowa U-S Senator Chuck Grassley.  The conversation includes everything from President Trump's first 100 days in office to his threatened use of the National Guard to enforce immigration law.

If you were to give him, like on a report card, what sort of grade would you give, President Trump at this point, said Amanda Krenz.

Sen. Grassley responds "B+."  So little room for improvement said Amanda. "Of course. But I really wouldn't expect much out of a person just one month in office. He's probably done more through executive orders than a lot of presidents have. But really what I give him a B+ on and maybe an A-. He has done in office a lot of things that he said he was going to do in the campaign," added Sen. Grassley.

Let's talk specifically about the national guard troops that he has proposed using to round up illegal immigrants across the U.S. There is an immigrant population here in Webster City. There is an immigrant population in Perry, in Marshalltown. So what do you say to those Iowa families who are living here and in many cases living here in fear right now, asked Krenz.

Grassley responds, "There is a Posse Comitatus law that says you can't use military for law enforcement. Only the police and border patrol can do what your question implies."   So do you have words of reassurance for these Iowa families?

"I guess I just gave that assurance. The president of the United States cannot use the national guard to do law enforcement," said Grassley.

Do you believe there was rampant voter fraud in the November election, asked Krenz.  "No," commented the Senator.  Do you think Russia interfered with November election in any way?  I don't know whether the Russian Government did. But I know that people in Russia, in Ukraine, Bulgaria tried to interfere with it just like they're doing in France right now with the Presidential Election there. I don't think they made any difference in who is going to be elected though," said Grassley.

Fellow Iowa U-S Senator Joni Ernst also spent time in Iowa on Monday.  Like Grassley, her focus is on Washington. But before her career took her to the nations capital she was once a public employee, serving as Montgomery County Auditor.  So when Tim Seaman sat down with the Senator on Monday, I asked if she's OK with the big collective bargaining changes signed into law by Governor Branstad.

"Any time we are talking about government employees we need to be willing and ready to step up and have a discussion about what are the benefits what are some of the challenges that we face as well.  Are there areas we can do better for public employees?  Are there areas we can do better for the taxpayers and I think that is a very delicate balancing act, said U-S Senator Joni Ernst."

The Senator's stop in Sioux City came as part of her 99 county tour of the state.  Tim has more from my conversation with Sen,. Ernst later this week.

 



 


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