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In visits to eastern Iowa, Sen. Grassley encourages Trump to “lay low for a while”

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MANCHESTER, Iowa (KWWL) - Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was in eastern Iowa Tuesday to tour businesses and hold Q&A's with constituents. He made stops at Henderson Products in Manchester and Hawkeye Community College om Waterloo.

"I'm here because this is the best way to find out what's on people's minds," Grassley said.

Henderson Products manufactures snow plows and other equipment.

"You got a company that's so superior in manufacturing these specialized truck bodies, particularly for the bad weather," Grassley said.

A lot of the questions the senator got had to do with COVID-19. He was asked about the lessons he has learned that will better prepare us for future pandemics.

"We found ourselves tremendously short of protective equipment for health care people," Grassley said. "I think we learned that we've got to have a better inventory of everything in anticipation of another pandemic."

Grassley said there are things he would do differently with the CARES act passed back in March.

As calls for President Trump to step down or be impeached mount on Capitol Hill, Grassley said he believes Trump should hunker down for the next eight days.

"He should lie low for a long time," Grassley said. "I say that with respect for his policies. I have great respect for a president that tries to do in office what he said he might do in the campaign. But now with the situation since the November election, lie low for a while."

Asked whether the President should resign or be impeached, Grassley said he would like to read the impeachment articles first.

"I'm sitting as a juror," he said. "I should wait until I hear."

As for the next President, Joe Biden, Grassley said he hopes to work with him. The two worked together in the Senate for nearly 30 years.

"He was very easy to work with, reach bipartisan agreements and things of that nature. I hope he's that way as President," Grassley said. "We can work together, not only unite, but move on."

Grassley hopes to work with President-elect Biden on lowering prescription drug prices, something Biden has expressed interest in. Grassley says there is bipartisan support for it.

He hopes some of the current President's economic policies stay intact. Biden has said he will undo the Republican's 2017 tax cuts.

"II hope there's a lot of policies in the tax area, and the deregulation area that Trump instituted that he won't try to undo," he said. "I think that'd be bad for the economy."

Grassley says instigating a rebellion crosses a line, but so does social media companies banning the President. He says section 230, a part of the communications decency act that protects content providers like Facebook and Twitter, needs drastic changes.

"It is going to be dramatically changed and I'm going to help dramatically change it," he said.

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