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  • Rep. Rod Blum Statement on Passage of Tax Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum joined his colleagues to pass the House version of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Congressman Blum commented, “My criteria for tax reform has always been based around these three goals: simplifying tax preparation for families, lowering taxes for the middle class, and reigniting our economy from the doldrums it's been in the last ten years. This bill achieves all three of those criteria.” The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Lowers individual tax rates for low and middle-in... Read more

  • Rep. Blum to Host 3rd Annual Women in Business Forum
    Posted in Press Releases on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum announced his 3rd annual "Women in Business Forum and Showcase" in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, December 19th, at the Cedar Rapids Library from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. In addition to Congressman Blum, this event will feature a keynote presenter, followed by a panel discussion led by area women business leaders. The keynote speaker and panelists will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event. The event will focus on finding solutions and raising awareness about unique iss... Read more

  • Oversight Committee Passes Blum and Cummings Bipartisan Whistleblower Advocacy Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed H.R. 4043, the Whistleblower Protection Extension Act of 2017. This move opens the bill up for future consideration on the House floor. Joined by his colleague, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Committee, Rep. Rod Blum introduced H.R. 4043 on October 12, 2017. This bipartisan legislation will repeal the sunset provision that would otherwise terminate the whistleblower ombudsman program. The ombudsman program directs ... Read more

  • House Passes Rep. Blum’s Sac & Fox Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, joined by the entire Iowa delegation as co-sponsors, Rep. Rod Blum’s legislation to restore criminal jurisdiction to the Sac & Fox Tribe passed through the House of Representatives. This bill repeals a 1948 federal statute which limits tribal criminal jurisdiction at the Sac and Fox tribe within the State of Iowa. The State of Iowa is supportive and enacted legislation in April 2016 which enables the federal government to repeal the existing law. Speaking on the House Floor today, Congres... Read more

  • Bipartisan Effort to Protect Historic Tax Credit Led by Rep. Blum and Rep. McKinley
    Posted in Press Releases on October 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Tax Reform

    Congressman Rod Blum (IA-01) and Congressman David McKinley (WV-01) authored a letter to Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal of the House Committee on Ways & Means. Signed by a bipartisan group of 32 other Members, the letter urges Committee leadership to bear in mind the importance of the Federal Historic Tax Credit (FHTC) while considering tax reform. The State of Iowa alone has experienced exceptional economic growth as a result of the FHTC. From 2002 to 2015, the FHTC invested $172 millio... Read more

  • Rep. Blum's Statement on House Con. Res. 71
    Posted in Press Releases on October 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt, Tax Reform

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement about his vote for House Con. Res. 71: “Today's budget resolution had its plusses and minuses as a budget, and nobody gets everything they want from government like an immediate solution to balancing the budget and getting DC's fiscal house in order. But today we took a vital step to delivering the largest tax cut in history to the middle class and reigniting our economy. I am proud to support that effort. After tax reform, we must mak... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Support for Whistleblowers
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Co-Chair of the bipartisan Whistleblowers Caucus Congressman Rod Blum (IA-01) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) have introduced a bill to permanently extend the program requiring each inspector general office to have a dedicated official focused on empowering and educating whistleblowers. Under this new legislation, the Whistleblower Protection Extension Act, each inspector general office will have a designated “Whistleblower Protection Coordinator” to educate potential whistleblowers on... Read more

  • Rep. Blum commends Harvey Relief, questions Debt Ceiling attachment
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement about his vote for House Resolution 601: “As the Representative of Iowa’s 1st District, which has seen devastating flooding over the last decade, I absolutely agree on the critical need for additional funding to assist in mitigating and recovering from the effects of natural disasters,” said Congressman Blum. “Though I voted in favor of disaster relief, this funding should have come from a standalone relief package wi... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Introduces Measures to Prohibit First Class Flights, Personal Car Leases for Members of Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    Washington, DC - Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) introduced measures to prohibit Members of Congress from using taxpayer dollars to fly first class or lease personal vehicles. Blum’s amendments to the national security appropriations bill have been submitted to the Rules Committee, which will determine whether they will get a vote by the whole House. “Americans’ hard earned tax dollars shouldn’t go towards paying for politicians to fly first class or lease personal luxury vehicles.” said Congr... Read more

  • Congressman Blum's Statement on Paris Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    "President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is good news for our country’s economy, workers, and taxpayers. By 2035, the regulations related to the agreement would reduce our GDP by $2.5 trillion, cause a shortfall of nearly 400,000 American jobs, increase household electricity costs by 13 - 20%, and reduce incomes by more than $20,000 for the average American family of four. We need common sense regulations that keep our environment clean, but we can do that while keeping ... Read more

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