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  • 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

  • Rep. Blum Votes Against Reauthorization of Government Surveillance Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on January 11, 2018 | Preview rr

    Consistent with his record to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of his constituents, Rep. Rod Blum voted against reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). As the name suggests, the program was initially enacted with the focus of gathering intelligence on foreign actors but was expanded by the USA Patriot Act in 2001 to include surveillance of U.S. citizens. Rep. Blum commented on his vote, “I respect the work of our intelligence community and law enforcement agencies to p... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Introduces Four New Additions to Drain The Swamp Package
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    Continuing to advocate for Draining the Swamp, Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) has introduced four new bills to add to his “Drain the Swamp” Package. Bills Introduced by Congressman Blum: Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 4512) will cut the pay of Members of Congress each year the federal budget is not balanced. No longer will Members be rewarded for failing to do their job. No Golden Parachutes for Public Service Act (H.R. 4511) will prohibit former Members of Congress from lobbying Members, officers, or em... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Initiates Program to Honor Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on January 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    To start off the new year, Congressman Blum will begin the “Veterans History Project” in Iowa’s First District. Working with the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project gives veterans of all ages the opportunity to share and preserve their story. Veterans interested in recording their story can make an appointment with Rep. Blum’s office, where the individual will meet with staff, fill out informational paperwork, and sit down for a 30 minute interview prompted by questions asked by st... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum and Rep. Charlie Crist Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Small Businesses and Community Banks
    Posted in Press Releases on January 3, 2018 | Preview rr

    Continuing to advocate for Main Street, Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) and Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) have introduced H.R. 4424, the Access Business Credit (ABC) Act. This bill will amend the Internal Revenue Code to incentivize community banks to provide credit for small businesses. Specifically, interest received by a lender for a small business loan would be excluded from the lender’s gross income. The ABC Act will stimulate additional credit availability and job creation through the U.S. banking system... Read more

  • Final Tax Bill Passes House, Includes Changes Advocated for by Rep. Rod Blum
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    After listening to his constituents and the leaders of communities across his district, Congressman Blum advocated for changes and voted in support of the Final Conference Report to HR 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed the House of Representatives today. “Today, I cast my vote in favor of this historic bill. My criteria for tax reform has been based around these three goals: simplifying tax preparation for families, lowering taxes for middle-income workers, and reigniting our economy. W... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum’s Bipartisan Whistleblower Bill Signed Into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Continuing to advocate for whistleblower protections, Rep. Rod Blum introduced H.R. 69, the Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act on January 3, 2017, with his colleagues, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD). H.R. 69, in conjunction with the Senate version, S. 582, introduced by Senator Ron Johnson, was added to the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by President Trump earlier this afternoon... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Announces Original Cosponsorship of Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Sexual Harassment Payouts with Taxpayer Dollars
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    Congressman Blum has announced he is an original cosponsor of Rep. Ron Desantis’ bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4494, the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act. This legislation is in response to the recent discovery of over $17 million in taxpayer dollars used to payout victims of harassment on Capitol Hill. “Constituents in my district are outraged their hard-earned tax dollars are being used to pay off the actions of sexual offenders in Congress. This legislation must pass ... Read more

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