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Grassley recognized for casting 12,000th vote in U.S. Senate


Grassley recognized for casting 12,000th vote in U.S. Senate

To the Press

WASHINGTON – Senate leaders on Tuesday recognized Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for casting his 12,000th Senate vote early Friday morning. Only 17 senators in history have cast more votes than Grassley.

In addition, no senator serving today has gone as long as Grassley has without missing a vote. Grassley has cast 7,474 consecutive votes.

Since Grassley was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, he has held at least one official meeting in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties every year.

“When I cast a vote, I’m bringing the benefit of every comment, question and criticism heard from Iowans to the vote,” Grassley said. “With 12,000 votes, I think of the many conversations and pieces of correspondence behind those votes. Whether I’m meeting with Iowans in the Hart Building in Washington or at the University of Northern Iowa volleyball matches near my farm in New Hartford, the time people take to visit with me is time well-spent for me and I hope they consider it time well-spent for them.”

Grassley’s 12,000th vote came early Friday morning during consideration of a budget deal. He voted “no” on a motion to waive all applicable budgetary discipline with regard to the deal.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Patrick Leahy, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee recognized Grassley in remarks on the Senate floor today.

Grassley also gave brief remarks.

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