SENATE SEATS: Grassley Focused On Now

Sen. Charles Grassley

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley put any speculation about his future as a Senator to rest on Tuesday. Rumors and speculation have been flying ever since Iowa Senator Tom Harkin announced his retirement on Sunday.

The 79-year-old has served in the U.S. Senate since 1980, his current term ends in 2016.

Senator Grassley told Radio Iowa, “I don’t have my eyes set on 2016 because right now, we have all of these big fiscal problems, economic problems.  We’ve got to get this economy turned around and that’s going to take up all my time.”

He says it will likely be 18-months before he makes a decision about the future.