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  • 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

  • National Journal: Congressman to Colleagues: Go to the Back of the Plane
    Posted in In the News on January 2, 2018 | Preview rr

    This past summer, members of Congress lost access to VIP parking spaces close to the terminal at Reagan National Airport. Now, Iowa Republican Rep. Rod Blum is taking aim at some of his colleagues’ other cushy travel perks... For the rest of the story visit: https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/662271/congressman-colleagues-go-back-plane Read more

  • WCF Courier: Blum looks to keep historic tax credits in reform package
    Posted in In the News on October 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Tax Reform

    WATERLOO — Tax reform is expected to be introduced in the U.S. House this week, but details are sparse as to what it will contain. U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District, is fighting to ensure one particular provision is included. Blum, a Dubuque businessman, joined a bipartisan group of 34 House members who want to keep federal historic tax credits in the tax code, despite rumors they are slated for elimination.... Read the rest of The Courier's story here Read more

  • Cedar Rapids Gazette: Gerrymandering is at the core of our dysfunction
    Posted in In the News on October 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    First District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum deserves a round of applause for joining a legal brief along with 33 other current and former members of Congress denouncing partisan gerrymandering as the U.S. Supreme Court took up the critical issue this week... Read the rest of the Gazette's story here Read more

  • WCF Courier: Blum adds voice in opposition to partisan gerrymandering
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    WATERLOO — U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District, wants the rest of the country to emulate Iowa in drawing congressional districts. “Iowa does it right, and I’m very proud of that,” Blum said. Blum, a second-term congressman from Dubuque, joined a bipartisan delegation of 34 current and former members of the U.S. House in submitting a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the appellants in Gill v Whitford... Read the rest of the Courier's story here Read more

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