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  • Rep. Blum Releases Statement on Cedar Rapids Intermodal Grant Award
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement upon the announcement that the Iowa Department of Transportation has been awarded $25,650,000 in Federal funding to build a full service intermodal facility in Cedar Rapids. Reps. Blum and Loebsack advocated jointly for this grant in a letter sent to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in April of this year. “This new state of the art facility will lower transportation costs both regionally and nationally, and will help... Read more

  • Blum Whistleblower Protection Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Rod Blum’s legislation, H.R. 4639, the Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act, to reauthorize the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The Office of Special Counsel is responsible for protecting federal employees from retaliation for “whistleblowing” on violations of law, mismanagement of funds, abuse of authority, or other prohibited personnel practices within the federal government. Congressman Blum’s legislation w... Read more

  • Blum Legislation to Honor Fallen Iowa Guardsman Signed into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum’s legislation to honor a fallen Iowa Guardsman was signed into law by President Obama. H.R. 4605 will rename the Cedar Rapids Post Office on 6th Avenue after Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker, a native of the First District of Iowa who was killed in action in Afghanistan. “I am grateful that President Obama has signed this bipartisan legislation honoring the memory of Sgt. Pasker, and I thank the entire Iowa delegation for their support," said Congressman Blum. "Renamin... Read more

  • Blum Supported Legislation To Help Rural Hospitals Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Yesterday, H.R. 5273, the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 passed the House of Representatives. This legislative package of a number of healthcare bills includes language from H.R. 672, the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Extension Act of 2015 -- which Congressman Blum co-sponsored and encouraged the House Committee on Ways and Means to include in this package. The legislation provides a five year extension of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration program, along wit... Read more

  • U.S. Senate Passes Iowa Delegation’s Legislation Honoring Fallen Iowan
    Posted in Press Releases on May 26, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, legislation renaming the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Post Office the “Sergeant First Class Terryl L. Pasker Post Office Building” in honor of fallen Iowa veteran Terryl L. Pasker passed the Senate with unanimous support. The legislation now heads to President Obama’s desk for his consideration. “I introduced this legislation to honor the sacrifice of Sgt. 1st Class Pasker and all those who have served our country in the armed forces, and I am glad to see it pass the Senate today. I am grateful to ... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Named ‘Hero of Main Street’
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, the National Retail Federation announced that Representative Rod Blum has received the “Hero of Main Street” award for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Congressman Blum is part of a bipartisan group honored for their work to support Main Street businesses across America on of a wide range of issues. “I am honored to receive this recognition from the National Retail Federation for my work to reignite our economy and support of common sense policies that help our ... Read more

  • Reps. Blum, Rice, Coffman & Speier Create House Whistleblower Protection Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on May 5, 2016 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representatives Rod Blum (R-IA), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) and today announced the formation of the bipartisan House Whistleblower Protection Caucus, an informal group of House Members dedicated to protecting the rights of whistleblowers, who often take on significant personal and professional risk in order to report improper activity in government agencies, help improve congressional oversight and transparency, and eliminate fraud, abuse and wastefu... Read more

  • Blum Helps Lead Effort to Support U.S. Manufacturing
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2016 | Preview rr

    This week, Congressman Blum helped lead the charge in the House to pass the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 which reforms the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process and which the House overwhelmingly voted to pass by a vote of 415 to 2. Congressman Blum is an original co sponsor of this bipartisan act that creates an open and transparent process to reduce burdensome manufacturing tariffs by permitting American businesses to apply for tariff relief on materials with no domestic sour... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Returns Over $100K to Taxpayers
    Posted in Press Releases on April 25, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum announced that he will return over $100,000 in taxpayer money from savings in his congressional office budget from 2015. Congressman Blum is requesting that the $102,419.53 in savings be returned to the Treasury and put towards paying down the national debt. “Those of us who believe in fiscal responsibility and think that our Federal Government needs to finally balance our nation’s budget should lead by example,” said Congressman Blum. “Through common sense budgeting ... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Backs Constitutional Amendment To Prevent Congress For Being Exempt From Federal Law
    Posted in Press Releases on April 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    This week Congressman Rod Blum signed on as an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan H.J. Res 89, a constitutional amendment authored by Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), which would establish equal application on Congress the laws that apply to all citizens of the United States. “Everyday Americans are tired of the Washington, DC political class living by a different set of rules than the American people must,” said Congressman Blum. “I believe that enacting this common sense constitutional amen... Read more

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