Politically Speaking: The Obama/Grassley connection
Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has gotten the attention of President-elect Barack Obama. Of course, the two know each other from serving in the Senate together, but this morning Obama cited Grassley in a press conference on the economy for pointing out a government spending problem. Grassley is renowned as a watchdog for taxpayer money and this time he pointed out that $49 million of potentially improper payments have gone to farmers who exceed U.S. Department of Agriculture in income eligibility limits. Last year, Grassley released a Government Accountability Office report on farm payments going to dead people. Shortly after introducing two members of the economic team Obama said "will advise me as we seek to climb out of this crisis," he cited a press account of Grassley again lamenting problematic government spending.