Senator Grassley Answers Questions About Recent Legislation

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) looks on during a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (Stephen Mally/Freelance)

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By Max Walker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley defended comments he made relating the bombings at the Boston Marathon to the state of security along the United States border. In an interview on the KCRG Morning News, Grassley said, "there's all sorts of reasons to believe that this situation in Boston brings to light a lot of the insecure border we have. So, it's an appropriate time to talk about all of this stuff, not just legalization, but border security and entrance at our airports, and all that."

He denied trying to hold up the immigration reform bill from the Gang of Eight, saying instead "We're just trying to make sure that we don't make the same mistakes we did in 1986 when we thought we fixed everything. We didn't fix it. We screwed up, and we can't screw up again."

When asked about Senate Majority Harry Reid's decision to remove the gun-control bill, Senator Grassley said "I think it's too bad that it was taken down, because we do need to pass some gun legislation. But, we don't need to pass anything that leads to registration, or anything that leads to banning of guns."

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