WASHINGTON- Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he'll opt to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in the 116th Congress, giving up his gavel leading the Judiciary panel, a position he's held since 2015..
South Carolina Lindsey Graham would be next in line to lead the Judiciary Committee. If he takes the post, he would oversee judicial confirmations.
Senator Grassley has chaired Finance before, and has also served as ranking member. He says as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, he will seek to provide more tax relief.
“The economy is better than it’s been in years and there’s a sense of optimism about the future of our country that people haven’t felt in a long time thanks to the pro-growth policies of a Republican President and a Republican majority in Congress,” Grassley said. “Looking ahead, at the Finance Committee, I want to continue to work to make sure that as many Americans as possible get to experience this good economy for themselves. That means working to provide Americans with additional tax relief and tax fairness so they can spend more of their hard-earned money on what’s important to them. It means giving small businesses more of the tools they need to hire additional workers, invest in their companies and give their employees the benefits and wages they’ve earned. It means expanding market opportunities for farmers, manufacturers and service providers to export more ‘Made-in-America’ goods and services all across the globe for the benefit of workers in all of these valued sectors of the American economy. And it means improving the affordability, quality and accessibility of health care, including in rural America. There’s always more that can be done to help make life better for and empower every individual and family. I look forward to working with other senators, both Republican and Democratic, to get the job done.”