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February 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with the three other Co-Chairs of the bipartisan House Whistleblower Protection Caucus, authored a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in support of Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner’s nomination to serve a second term. Ms. Lerner leads the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the federal agency charged with protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation.
 

January 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the House of Representatives unanimously approved Congressman Rod Blum’s legislation to protect whistleblowers in the federal government by reauthorizing the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) through 2021. 

July 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Rod Blum has joined 20 of his colleagues serving on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to formally request the President remove the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen from his position. Over the last two years, the OGR Committee has been investigating the misconduct by the IRS regarding their targeting of certain organizations’ applications for tax exempt status.

May 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Reps. Gwen Graham (D-FL), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) offered an amendment to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act which would prohibit funds from being used to pay for first class travel for Members of the House of Representatives. Rep. Blum will testify in support of the bipartisan amendment today at 5 PM EST before the House Committee on Rules.

April 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) introduced his first bill, H.R.1740, the No Golden Parachutes for Public Service Act.  This legislation would prohibit Members of Congress from ever engaging in lobbying activities after they leave office.

April 1, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), announced the formation of the bipartisan Congressional Term Limits Caucus today.

“As someone coming to Congress from the private sector, I believe Washington suffers from a lack of fresh, innovative ideas and the courage to implement them,” said Blum, who along with O’Rourke will serve as Co-Chair of the caucus.

March 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) led a bipartisan letter to the House Committee on Appropriations requesting a prohibition on funding for the EPA’s proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulations. The bipartisan letter garnered signatures from 104 Members of Congress and if implemented would prevent the EPA from claiming federal jurisdiction over small bodies of water like ponds, streams, ditches, and even “wetlands” that only contain water after rain.

March 11, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Rod Blum released the following statement regarding his role as the Republican lead on Representative Gwen Graham’s (D-FL) bill to eliminate taxpayer-funded first class flights and long term personal vehicle leases for members of Congress:

March 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Rod Blum released the following statement about today’s DHS bill:

February 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Rod Blum released the following statement about today’s DHS bill:

“This afternoon I voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the next 21 days. This legislation would have kept DHS fully open while allowing the House and Senate time to reconcile their differences in conference. I would have voted "No" if any funds went towards President Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty, but those actions have been halted for now by the recent court ruling in Texas.”