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September 30, 2015 Press Release

CEDAR FALLS, IA – Representative Rod Blum will be holding his first Women in Business Forum at the University of Northern Iowa. The forum is designed to encourage continued dialogue on the topic of women in business in Iowa, and identify and connect interested women to a network of service providers that can help further advance their entrepreneurial dreams. The forum will take place on October 14th. More details can be found below.

Event: Congressman Blum’s Women in Business Forum

When: Wednesday October 14th, 3PM-7PM

Location: University of Northern Iowa

June 18, 2015 Press Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Congressman Blum will be hosting his first Veterans Job Fair & Services Expo on Tuesday June 30 in Cedar Rapids. Employers from all over Iowa will be attending the Job Fair looking to hire area veterans.

April 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Rod Blum led a bipartisan letter with 22 other Members of Congress to Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for H.R. 880, the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015, be brought for a vote as quickly as possible. 

H.R. 880 permanently extends and simplifies the calculations for the Research and Development Tax Credit.  The House Committee on Ways and Means recently approved the bill, which awaits further action on the House floor.

February 12, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) continued to take a leading role in calling for a solution to the West Coast port slowdown. Blum participated in a bipartisan press conference calling for a swift resolution to the dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshoreman Warehouse Union (ILWU). The situation has put the livelihoods of Iowa farmers, manufacturers and workers at risk by hampering the export of American products.

February 5, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- This week Congressman Rod Blum took a leadership role in the effort to make Section 179 expensing permanent. Blum signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 636, designed to permanently extend the $500,000 limit, indexed for inflation, for expensing purposes for investments in new equipment and property. In addition to this effort, Rep. Blum also led a bipartisan letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner from the Iowa delegation requesting that H.R. 636 be brought to the House floor for consideration as quickly as possible.

January 23, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Rod Blum today released the following statement regarding the announcement of layoffs at John Deere:

Today’s news of layoffs at John Deere stands in stark contrast to the rosy economic picture painted by President Obama in his State of the Union address this week. Unfortunately, the recovery still has not reached many of our working families.

January 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Newly elected First District Congressman Rod Blum has wrapped up a busy first two weeks in Congress. Since being sworn in on January 6th, Rep. Blum has focused on a common sense agenda geared towards increasing opportunities for working families and reining in the hyperactive executive branch.