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  • Congressman Blum Introduces Measures to Prohibit First Class Flights, Personal Car Leases for Members of Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Reforming Congress

    Washington, DC - Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) introduced measures to prohibit Members of Congress from using taxpayer dollars to fly first class or lease personal vehicles. Blum’s amendments to the national security appropriations bill have been submitted to the Rules Committee, which will determine whether they will get a vote by the whole House. “Americans’ hard earned tax dollars shouldn’t go towards paying for politicians to fly first class or lease personal luxury vehicles.” said Congr... Read more

  • Congressman Blum's Statement on Paris Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    "President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is good news for our country’s economy, workers, and taxpayers. By 2035, the regulations related to the agreement would reduce our GDP by $2.5 trillion, cause a shortfall of nearly 400,000 American jobs, increase household electricity costs by 13 - 20%, and reduce incomes by more than $20,000 for the average American family of four. We need common sense regulations that keep our environment clean, but we can do that while keeping ... Read more

  • Congressman Blum's Statement on Russia Investigations
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    "It's obvious what's going on here: the mainstream media and the "resistance" movement have done everything they can do delegitimize President Trump since the day he was elected. And they like nothing more than getting Republicans to attack our own President over unproven allegations. We must stop taking the bait. There are multiple credible and ongoing investigations regarding Russian interference in our election, and I look forward to reviewing their findings. In the meantime, we should focus ... Read more

  • Congressman Blum's Statement on AHCA Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    “Obamacare is collapsing. In Iowa the two largest insurers have already announced their departure from the market, and the third and final insurer is on the verge of leaving as well. This could leave over 70,000 Iowans with zero options for health insurance - it's clear that something needs to be done. The AHCA will stabilize the market, lower premiums for Iowans, increase choices, reduce taxes, and protect people who have pre-existing conditions. I withheld my support - against the wishes of m... Read more

  • Congressman Blum's Statement on President Trump's Tax Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) released the following statement regarding the tax plan unveiled yesterday by the Trump Administration: “The tax plan released by President Trump this week is a strong step towards a reignited economy,” said Congressman Blum. “By lowering taxes for hardworking American families, making our business taxes competitive in the global economy, and greatly simplifying our outdated tax code, we can unleash a period of growth unseen since the Reagan years. I look forwar... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Announces Four May Town Halls
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum (IA-01) announced today that he will host a series of four town halls for the First District of Iowa during the May Congressional recess. “I look forward to these town halls and hearing the ideas and concerns of the citizens all across our amazing district,” Blum said. Who: Congressman Rod Blum What: First District Big & Beautiful Town Halls When: May 8-11 Where: Cedar Rapids, Cedar Valley, Dubuque, Marshalltown Venues, times and details to be announced in future. Rod Blum i... Read more

  • Congressman Blum's Statement on Pulling of AHCA
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    "I support the President’s decision to pull the AHCA bill today. Throughout this process, I have been consistent in stating that the main goal of any reform bill must be to make healthcare more affordable for hardworking American families. Unfortunately, the AHCA fell short of that goal, and for that reason I could not support it. I believe Congress should slow down and discuss in an open and transparent manner the best solutions to address the real problem: the unsustainably high cost of health... Read more

  • Blum Leads Effort To Retain Special Counsel Lerner
    Posted in Press Releases on February 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability

    This week, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with the three other Co-Chairs of the bipartisan House Whistleblower Protection Caucus, authored a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in support of Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner’s nomination to serve a second term. Ms. Lerner leads the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the federal agency charged with protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation. Congressman Blum, along with Co-Chairs Rep. Mike Cof... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Named Chairman of Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced that he will chair the Small Business Committee subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade for the 115th Congress, as well as continue his role on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for a second term. “It’s an honor to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade as a new member of the Small Business Committee,” said Congressman Blum. “These issues are critical to both the 1st District and the entire Stat... Read more

  • Drain the Swamp: U.S. House Passes Rep. Blum's Whistleblower Protection Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability

    Today the House of Representatives unanimously approved Congressman Rod Blum’s legislation to protect whistleblowers in the federal government by reauthorizing the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) through 2021. 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 practices within the federal government. “By passing this legislation on the second day o... Read more

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