Are Sen. Chuck Grassley’s actions in 2013 an indicator of his plans for 2016?
Iowa’s senior congressional Republican since 1985, Grassley has voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, relief for the Northeast for Hurricane Sandy, and now is threatening to vote to send the U.S. government into sequestration, which is an across-the-board series of spending cuts to domestic and foreign services scheduled to start next month.
Grassley, 79, told The Gazette he has reasons for his votes this month. But because he is undecided about running for re-election — and because a series of Senate Republicans have fallen to more conservative primary challenges over the past three years — some observers see Grassley as either voting protectively or voting independently because he doesn’t care about re-election.
What do you think about Grassley’s recent voting record? Is it an indicator of his re-election plans?