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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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