Sen. Grassley answers questions from high school students

Sen. Grassley answers questions from high school students

It was a different sort of town hall for United States Senator Chuck Grassley.

He spent this morning answering questions from students at Ridge View High School in Holstein.

"The essense of town meetings is the essence of representative government," Sen. Grassley said, "dialogue between those of us who are elected and our consituants."

9th through 12th graders filed into the school's auditorium asking Iowa's Senator a wide variety of questions, including, for example, the Senate's decision to change the vote required to confirm a Supreme Court Nominee from 60 votes to a simple majority.

"That ice was broken by Senator Reid four years ago," said Grassley, "when he was irritated about how Republican minority at the time was filibustering judges."

He says the Democrats, in turn, made those appointments to lower courts down to a simple majority of 51 votes.

"There's no reason to have a Supreme Court with different confirmation rules, so we changed the rules from 60 to 51," Grassley said.

The student who asked that question was senior Amanda Bruns who says the Senator answered it adequately.

"The Democrats had done something years before and he gave really nice examples," Bruns said.

"And you think that was a good enough answer to do something like that?" Siouxland News Reporter Nick Popham asked.

"Yes," Bruns said.

Another topic of discussion was climate change, which Senator Grassley agrees is happening, but its whether man is the major cause that's still up for debate.

"There's no doubt about it," Grassley said, "science is absolutely certain that it's human contribution. But you see, that very attitude toward science is anti science itself."

"I thought they were really good questions," said Gus Leonard, a senior at Ridge View High, "and kind of, more upper level thinking of questions for a high school."

"Except for very few questions they're kind of following along with what older people are asking," Grassley said.

Grassley also answered questions about President Trump, such as his amount of time away from D.C. and his decision to not release his tax returns.

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