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Grassley tours Art’s Way during Emmet County visit

July 7, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

With the Congress adjourned for the Fourth of July holiday this week, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) uses the week to make his annual visits to some of Iowa's 99 counties.

On Monday, the senator visited eastern Emmet County and received a tour of Art's Way Manufacturing from CEO Carrie L. Gunnerson.

Grassley said he learned about harvesting sugar beets.

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"I've lived on a farm all my life, but we never raised sugar beets. Art's Way to me, was always a (feed) grinder," said Grassley. "They have a broad array of products now."

Following the tour, Grassley took questions from area residents and employees.

From that session, the senator said he took was from a comment made about a 10 to 12 percent increase in insurance costs.

He said when the current health care legislation began, the costs rose dramatically in the first two years.

"But then I thought it leveled off," he said.

Grassley also took questions about President Donald Trump's use of tariffs.

The senator said that a month ago, the tariffs were taken off steel from Canada.

Concerning tariffs with China, Grassley said the Chinese have agreed to sit at the table again and Trump didn't put additional tariffs on Chinese goods like he planned.

Grassley noted Chinas has certain segments of their economy in which the United States can't do business. Of that list of 49 areas, Grassley said that number has been reduced to 40. He said China also has agreed to buy more ag projects.

"To get an agreement, all the tariffs will have to go off," said Grassley. "I think we're making progress, but that could blow up too."

Grassley said there was an agreement between the U.S. and China in 2011, but China didn't stick to it.

Grassley also was asked about the Mueller report, and why no one has faced charges yet.

Grassley responded that that is the responsibility of the justice department and when attorney general William Barr is done with his part, that charges may come yet.

Grassley also was asked about his views on pay rises for Congress.

Grassley said he has never voted for a pay raise. The reason Congress is discussing a pay raise, is because the last raise for Congress was 2009. Meanwhile, federal employees get a cost of living raise every year.

The senator also responded to a question on term limits. Grassley said when it came up in Congress, he voted for it. However, the bill passed the house and not the senate. Grassley said to amend the Constitution to include term limits, after the bill passed Congress, it would then need to be approved by the states. If the term limits issue got that far, Grassley said it would pass quickly.



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