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  • Rep. Blum Statement on Passage of Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 2, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Blum released the following statement regarding passage of the 2018 Farm Bill: "After visiting many farms and speaking with countless producers throughout the First District, I know the importance of providing our farming communities with certainty over the next five years by passing the 2018 Farm Bill. This farm bill will provide vital programs to our farming communities in the First District, including the following provisions: Maintains a strong crop insurance program – a critical... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Cosponsors Bill to Codify POTUS Executive Order
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    After cosponsoring the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act this afternoon, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement: "As the mainstream media continues to make this a hyper-partisan issue focused around separating children from their parents, they are failing to acknowledge the fact that 10,000 out of 12,000 of these children under care of HHS were sent to this country without any of their family members-- resulting in a 325% increase in unaccompanied alien children (UAC)... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Presents Awards to IA01 High School Students
    Posted in Press Releases on May 31, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum held three district events to present an outstanding student from each high school in Iowa's First District with a Congressional Merit Award to highlight their accomplishments. The first ceremony was held at the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah to honor: Abraham Schwartz from Waukon High School Cody Mueller from Central Community School Alicia Klimesh from Turkey Valley High School Jarod Phillips from Decorah High School (not pictured) Spencer Kuhn from Riceville High School Kari... Read more

  • Congressional Art Competition Winners Announced
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    This spring, high school students from across Iowa's first district submitted art pieces to the annual Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Blum held a reception at the University of Northern Iowa to recognize the winning students: 1st Place: Brie Sperfslage from Alburnett High School 2nd Place: Daniel Berdecia-Medina from Waterloo East High School Honorable Mentions: Abbigail Prucha from Alburnett High School, Madeleine Kapler from Columbus High School, and Ella Thompson from Alburnett Hi... Read more

  • 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

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