Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grassley Resistant to Criminal Justice Overhaul, but Says He’s Willing to Talk

Sixteen senators and representatives accepted an invitation to the White House from President Barack Obama on Feb. 24 to discuss ways the administration and Congress could work together to pass a meaningful criminal justice overhaul.

Conspicuously absent was the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Iowa Republican Charles E. Grassley, who arguably holds the fate of criminal justice legislation in his hands. Obama did reach out to Grassley a week later to personally invite him to the White House. But Grassley’s initial absence underscores his complicated and unpredictable role in this year’s criminal justice debate.


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