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  • Rep. Blum Cosponsors Bill to Protect Social Security and Medicare
    Posted in Press Releases on October 10, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Blum recently cosponsored H.Res.1026 to express the sense of the House that Medicare and Social Security must be protected for current enrollees and preserved for future generations. Rep. Blum commented, "Growing up, my mother was dependent on Social Security survivor benefits to put food on the table after my father passed— I personally understand the importance and necessity of these benefits. Iowans have worked hard and paid into the Social Security system with the expectation tha... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Statement on E15 Sales
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Blum issued the following statement in regard to President Trump’s announcement to allow year-round E15 sales: “I applaud President Trump’s decision to continue E15 sales into the summer months. After discussing with him the benefits of this decision during his recent visit to Dubuque, I have no doubt he is looking out for the best interests of our farmers.” ### Read more

  • Rep. Blum Hosts 2nd Public Event to Combat Opioid Crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    After hosting an extremely productive Opioid Conference this past July focused on law enforcement efforts, Rep. Blum is planning a second conference on October 17th in Waterloo-- this time focused on health care. The conference will be held on October 17, 2018 from 5-7PM at the Iowa Veterans Museum (503 South Street) in Waterloo and will feature a legislative update from Rep. Blum, Keynote Speaker Ann Saba, MPH, Communications and Research Specialist, Injury Prevention and Research Center, Unive... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Breast Cancer Survivors
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum and his colleague, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), introduced H.R. 6980, the Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act to expand Medicare coverage to include custom breast prosthesis as an option for women recovering from mastectomy surgery. After a woman undergoes a mastectomy, Medicare will only cover breast reconstruction surgery and off-the-shelf breast prosthetics. Many women are not eligible to undergo an additional surgery for reconstruction and off-the-shelf prosthetics may not match a... Read more

  • Blum Leads Letter to POTUS Appealing FEMA Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2018 | Preview rr

    The entire Iowa delegation, led by Congressman Blum, wrote to President Donald Trump in support of Governor Kim Reynolds’ appeal of the Administration’s decision denying Individual Assistance under FEMA for Marshall and Polk counties. The letter was signed by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Reps. Rod Blum, Dave Loebsack, David Young, and Steve King “As the Governor points out in the letter of appeal, “Damage from the July 19, 2018 tornadoes occurred over multiple counties in Iowa, howeve... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Statement on POTUS New Trade Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON-- After months of negotiations between Canada and Mexico on a trade deal to replace the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), President Trump has announced the "United States Mexico Canada Agreement" has been finalized and will be sent to Congress for approval. Congressman Blum commented, "President Trump promised our country he would do the tough thing politically and renegotiate our trade deals that were not favorable to us and he is delivering. With Canada and Mexico as Iowa'... Read more

  • Blum Staff to Visit IA01 High Schools with Service Academy Info
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2018 | Preview rr

    The staff of Congressman Rod Blum will be visiting high schools throughout Iowa's First District with representatives from U.S. Military Service Academies to answer questions and provide information for the application process. MONDAY, OCTOBER 1ST: LINN-MAR HIGH SCHOOL @ 11:30AM-1:45PM TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND: MT. VERNON HIGH SCHOOL @ 1:00PM-2:00PM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3RD: JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL @ 9:00AM-10:00AM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3RD: CENTER-POINT URBANA HIGH SCHOOL @ 11:30AM-12:30PM THURSDAY, OCTOB... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Joins Rep. Knight to Introduce Bill to Protect Pre-Existing Condition Coverage
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Congressman Rod Blum and nine of his colleagues introduced H.R. 6898, the Maintaining Protections for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2018, led by Representative Steve Knight. Currently, twenty states are filing a lawsuit in federal court arguing that the entirety of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. If these suits are to succeed, there is a risk that patients with pre-existing conditions would be stripped of ... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Presents Service Medals to IA-01 Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    DUBUQUE- Congressman Blum presented two sets of military medals requested through his office, as part of constituent services provided to every Iowan in the First District. Mr. Daryl Griffith was presented with medals from his U.S. Army service during Vietnam. Medals Received: Good Conduct Medal Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar with Rifle Bar Korea Defense Service Medal Additionally, Mary Jo Kircher received medals on behalf of her brother (deceased) Robert Leo Headley Jr. Although Mr. Headley is... Read more

  • Marshall County Awarded Federal "Public Assistance" Funds
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    President Trump granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Iowa triggering the release of Federal funds to help communities recover from Severe Storms and Tornadoes that occurred July 19, 2018. Congressman Blum and the entire Iowa delegation have been working in Washington, D.C. and Iowa to ensure these funds were granted to help in recovery efforts for Marshall County, and all counties impacted. Timeline: July 19, 2018: Marshall County sustains damages from tornadoes and storms. July... Read more

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