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  • Journal Eureka: Blum Answers May Mailbag Questions
    Posted in In the News on May 31, 2018 | Preview rr

    "Dave from Waterloo Asks: Why am I required to pay taxes on my social security benefits a second time when I already paid those taxes on my earnings to social security in the first place? Dave, great question and I couldn’t agree with you more. I am against the taxation of social security benefits because taxes have been paid on them once already when you earned them years ago. I have co-sponsored H.R. 2552, the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act to remove this tax and give relief to senior cit... Read more

  • Telegraph Herald: Kind, Blum Return Funds to Treasury
    Posted in In the News on March 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    "U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, previously announced he was returning about 20 percent of his yearly budget to the U.S. Treasury to pay down the national debt. Each member of Congress receives an annual budget to operate their congressional offices. Blum has sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to request the funds go to deficit reduction. In 2016, Blum announced he was returning about $102,000 of his unspent office budget to the U.S. Treasury. This year, Blum plans to return $275,725 to the... Read more

  • Daily Caller: OMNIBUS WAS BAD PROCESS LEADING TO REALLY BAD POLICY
    Posted in In the News on March 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    An editorial piece written by Rep. Rod Blum: "As a fiscal watchdog elected to Congress on the promise to rein in Washington’s out of control spending habits, this omnibus bill represents politics as usual in Washington. The text was not released until the night before the vote, effectively giving Members of Congress seven waking hours to read the 2,232 page bill — the equivalent length of two Bibles. It is problematic voting on any legislation that I cannot study first in its entirety, and to sk... Read more

  • Gazette: Federal tax cuts spark many benefits
    Posted in In the News on February 18, 2018 | Preview rr

    "As Iowans in the 1st District received their paychecks in February, most received a welcome tax cut. From Cedar Rapids to Dubuque, and from Decorah to Grinnell, hardworking Iowans are keeping more of the money they earn. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act cuts rates in every tax bracket, and the largest percentage reductions are in lower income brackets. In fact, according to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the average family of four in northeast Iowa will save $2,564 on their taxes. While this... Read more

  • Telegraph Herald: Our opinion: Continue push for flood funding for Cedar Rapids
    Posted in In the News on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    Federal lawmakers representing northeast Iowa continue to go to bat for Cedar Rapids, especially, and other flood-prone communities. Iowa’s senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, and northeast Iowa’s congressman, Rod Blum, last week met with Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to revisit the problem. This inequity is not a recent development. If these federal lawmakers, all Republicans, are having trouble getting changes through the executive branch, headed by a Rep... Read more

  • Telegraph Herald: Tri-state lawmakers react to government shutdown
    Posted in In the News on January 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    "U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, said he voted for the continuing resolution, in part, to continue to provide approximately 80,000 Iowa children access to important health care services by extending CHIP funding. In a statement, Blum called the House funding bill “yet another example of business as usual here in Washington, D.C. — waiting until the final moment to act instead of planning ahead like a family or small business in Iowa would do.” Blum noted that the House has passed 12 spending bills t... Read more

  • WHO TV: Iowa Lawmakers React to Government Shutdown, Some Not Accepting Paychecks
    Posted in In the News on January 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    "Rod Blum of the first district sent a letter to the chief administrative officer of the U.S. Capitol asking his pay be withheld until the shutdown is over. In a tweet, Blum said, "I stand with our troops who are denied paychecks due to Democrats’ inserting protection of illegal aliens into a spending bill." Read the rest of the WHO TV article here. Read more

  • CBS News: Drawing the Lines on Gerrymandering
    Posted in In the News on January 14, 2018 | Preview rr

    Both parties are guilty of gerrymandering, and both parties have long decried it. But increasingly the discussion around gerrymandering has been about the threat it poses to American democracy itself. Few current representatives want to talk about it. Iowa's Rod Blum does: "We shouldn't have to rig the system in our favor, or the Democrats shouldn't have to rig the system in their favor." Blum is a Tea Party Republican who represents Iowa's 1st, a Democratic-leaning district. Blum says he can't ... Read more

  • Telegraph Herald: Reynolds Outlines Priorities in Dubuque
    Posted in In the News on January 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    "U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, was also on hand. Blum was lauded by Reynolds, the chamber and city officials for being a “tireless champion on behalf of Dubuque,” for his successful efforts in lobbying to ensure federal historic tax credits remained in the final tax reform bill passed by federal lawmakers." Read the full Telegraph Herald article here. Read more

  • Telegraph Herald: Blum launches program to record veterans' stories
    Posted in In the News on January 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    "U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R- Iowa, on Friday announced the creation of a “Veterans History Project” in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. The 20-county district includes Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Marshalltown. Working with the Library of Congress, the project will give northeast Iowa veterans the opportunity to share and preserve their story, according to a press release. Veterans interested in recording their story or service can make an appointment with Blum’s office. They wi... Read more

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