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Sen. Grassley Won't Comment on Impeachment Proceedings, Whistleblower Accusations, Yet.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to announce on Tuesday that the House will begin a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Democrats close to Pelosi told the New York Times that she was taking decisive action in response to startling allegations that the president sought to enlist a foreign power for his own political gain.

After months of caution, Ms. Pelosi has become convinced that Mr. Trump’s reported actions, and his administration’s refusal to share details about the matter with Congress, left the House no alternative but to move forward with an inquiry. 

Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is treading carefully around reports a whistleblower in the U.S. intelligence community is alleging serious wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.

Grassley says he is a “longtime champion of whistleblowers,” won’t comment directly on reports President Trump allegedly ordered his staff to withhold $400 million in aid from Ukraine while pressuring that nation’s president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Grassley issued a news release yesterday afternoon saying, “rampant speculation by politicians and the media is not helpful. That’s how the false Russia collusion narrative took root. Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past. Going forward, it’s important to respect the law and the whistleblower’s confidentiality while we gather the facts of the case.”

More than one-hundred thousand working families in Iowa earn too little to meet their basic needs without public support programs.

According to a report on the state’s cost of living by the Iowa Policy Project, a single parent of two children would need to earn 46 thousand-dollars-a-year to meet expenses. That’s more than double federal poverty guidelines. 

Researcher Natalie Veldhouse says that means federal support often ends for families long before they are self-sufficient.

Because the federal poverty level is so outdated and the way it’s calculated isn’t really taking into account the rising cost of things like childcare.

Veldhouse says 63 percent of single-parent households in Iowa fall short of a livable income compared to about 14 percent of couples with children.

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