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  • Rep. Blum's Statement on Rushed $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    Congressman Rod Blum issued the following statement after his vote against H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. "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 last night, effectively giving Members of Congress seven hours to read the 2,232 page bill -- the equivalent length of two Bibles. It is problematic voting on any... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Veterans Succeed
    Posted in Press Releases on March 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, U.S. Representatives Rod Blum (IA-01) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced legislation to statutorily authorize the Boots to Business (B2B) program that helps transitioning service members start and grow small businesses. Administered through the Office of Veteran Business Development in the Small Business Administration (SBA), the B2B program offers veterans and military spouses a foundational two-day, in-person course for an introduction to business ownership which can be followed by op... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Cosponsors Gun Violence Prevention Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum offered the following statement to announce his cosponsorship of H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018. The Senate version of this bill was drafted by Senator Grassley and Senator Ernst. "Keeping our children safe and protecting our constitutional rights are not mutually exclusive. First and foremost: we need to ensure that all CURRENT laws are enforced. There were multiple breakdowns in the current system that may have prevented this and other tragedies. In the ca... Read more

  • Rep. Blum’s Bipartisan Whistleblower Protection Bill Passes the House
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability

    Today, H.R. 4043, the Whistleblower Protection Extension Act of 2017, was passed by the House of Representatives with unanimous approval. This legislation will continue the Ombudsman program to educate Federal agency employees about whistleblower protections and remedies for retaliation. Rep. Blum made the following statement on his bill on the House floor this afternoon, “Since its inception, the ombudsman program has been exceptionally successful. Whistleblowers are the front line of defense a... Read more

  • Rep Blum Saves 20% of Office Budget- Returns to Treasury for Deficit Reduction
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    Congressman Rod Blum has announced he will be returning 20.4% 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. Rep. Blum has sent a letter to Speaker Ryan to request the funds go to deficit reduction. In 2016, Congressman Blum announced he underspent his previous budget by $102,000. The newest amount has nearly tripled taxpayer savings. Congressman Blum commented, “As a fiscal conser... Read more

  • Winner Announced for 1st District App Challenge
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum has announced Karter Krueger the winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge in Iowa’s First District. Karter attends Denver High School and submitted an app to organize data for his robotics team during their annual competitions. The Congressional App Challenge is sponsored by Members of the House of Representatives each year and is open to all high school students in Iowa’s First District. Rep Blum commented, “The Congressional App Challenge is a wonderful way for stude... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Announces Congressional Art Competition Details for High School Students in IA-01
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum has announced the submission deadline and details for the Congressional Art Competition in Iowa’s First District. This annual competition is sponsored by Members of the House of Representatives each spring and is open to all high school students in Iowa’s First District. The submission deadline is April 6, 2018. From April 23rd to May 2nd, the art submissions will be displayed in the University of Northern Iowa Art Gallery, concluding with a final reception to announce the w... Read more

  • Ernst, Grassley, and Blum Press for Answers from Army Corps on Cedar Rapids Flood Project Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on February 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC – In their continued efforts to secure the previously authorized funding for the Cedar Rapids flood mitigation project, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and U.S. Representative Rod Blum (IA-01) sent a letter to Lieutenant General of the Army Corps of Engineers Todd Semonite and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James requesting further information on how the Army Corps makes certain project funding decisions. In their letter, the Iowa Memb... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Introduces a Bill to Commemorate the Independence of the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic; Reaffirms Strong Alliances with the United States
    Posted in Press Releases on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Rod Blum, Co-founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Slovak Caucus, introduced legislation to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the independence of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Additionally, this bill reaffirms the strong alliance and friendship of the United States with the Czech Republic and Slovakia and also recognizes their contributions to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), European Union, and United Nations. Rep. Blum made remarks on the new legislation at t... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum's Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr

    Tonight, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement about his vote FOR the Continuing Resolution to keep the Federal government open. “Tonight’s funding bill is yet another example of business as usual here in Washington DC - waiting until the final moment to act instead of planning ahead like a family or small business in Iowa would do. Having said that, the U.S. House DID plan ahead and passed all 12 spending bills over 125 days ago. However, the Senate failed to take up any of thes... Read more

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