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NEWS 9.2.22: Grassley and IRS Agents, Iowa State Patrol Holidays Concerns, and College Football Update

Senator Chuck Grassley is putting some caveats on the promise that a Republican majority in Congress would overturn plans by the Biden Administration to hire 87,000 IRS agents.

Grassley originally said the extra IRS agents “probably” won’t be hired if Republicans hold a majority of seats in the U.S. Senate and House after this year’s election. But, during a town hall forum in north central Iowa this week, Grassley said it would be a long process: and Senate rules could prevent the GOP from taking action. Sixty votes will be needed in the senate for the measure to pass and a 2/3rds majority to override a presidential veto. Grassley helped write a 1998 law that reorganized divisions within the agency and limited some auditing techniques as a member of the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS. More on the story from Radio Iowa can be found here.

The Iowa State Patrol calls Labor Day one of the deadliest holidays in the state.

KCCI Television in Des Moines reports as of September 1st, there have been 220 deaths on roadways. The State Patrol is worried that the number could increase like it's done on past Labor Day weekends. In five years, there have been 36 fatalities with nearly half involving alcohol.

The Iowa State Patrol will be on the roads, making stops, checking for drunk drivers, and making sure seatbelts are worn. Of the 220 deaths so far this year, 30% were not wearing their seatbelts.

Iowa State fans will see a couple of new changes this upcoming football season.

A new pedestrian bridge on the east side of Jack Trice Stadium should help with all the extra traffic.

Athletic Director Jamie Pollard talked to WHO Televisionabout the new addition.
“The bridge cost $10 million it was funded by two donors that both contributed $5 million for the project,” said Pollard. “Gateway Bridge is the informal name, the donors did not want any names on the building, corporate or theirs.”

The bridge is designed to help with pedestrian traffic from a new RV Village that can hold 340 campers.

The Cyclones face Southeast Missouri State at 1 p-m.

The Iowa Hawkeyes take on South Dakota State for the first time ever in a season opener for both teams. Kickoff is tomorrow at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City at 11 a.m. SDSU is ranked number 2 in the FCS preseason poll, and Iowa is receiving votes in FBS polls.