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  • Rep. Blum Announces Service Academy Nominations
    Posted in Press Releases on December 23, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum announced he has nominated 16 Iowa students to be considered for appointments to United States Service Academies. “It is a privilege for me to nominate these 16 students for service in the United States Military,” said Congressman Blum. “Their willingness to serve our great nation in our armed forces is truly appreciated by the entire First District and I wish them the best as they take the next step on their journey.” For more information on the process for Service A... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Opposes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement about his vote against today’s $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill: “Today’s $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill was a typical Washington DC backroom deal: Republicans and Democrats “working together” to spend even more American taxpayer money. Washington special interests are thrilled by this massive spending binge while our children and grandchildren get stuck with the bill.” “When I came to Washington in January, I was named to the Budget ... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Votes For Pro-Jobs Tax Relief Package
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 2029, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, a permanent tax extenders package. The bill passed 318 - 109. “This legislation allows Iowans to keep more of their hard earned money while providing long term certainty for business that make the investments in new technology and infrastructure that are so important for job creation,” said Congressman Blum. “I wa... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Announces Congressional App Challenge
    Posted in Press Releases on December 11, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement regarding his participation in the Congressional App Challenge. “With the growing importance of jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields in the 21st century, it is vital that our young people are given opportunities to learn coding skills and a platform to promote their work. The Congressional App Challenge gives our high school students these opportunities while also providing a chance to interact with local high-tech ... Read more

  • Reps. Blum, Loebsack Urge Funding for Projects Like Cedar Rapids Flood Protection
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2015 | Preview rr

    Representatives Rod Blum and Dave Loebsack authored a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee encouraging the Committee to include language in the upcoming Omnibus bill for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite funding for projects authorized through the Water Resources Reform & Development Act. This would permit important projects awaiting federal funding -- like the Cedar Rapids flood mitigation efforts -- to begin receiving their authorized amount of federal funds. “Hav... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Votes To Reduce Federal Control of K-12 Education
    Posted in Press Releases on December 3, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement on his vote for S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act. The legislation, which sets K-12 education policy and replaces No Child Left Behind, passed with a large bipartisan majority of 359 - 64. “This legislation represents the largest rollback of federal involvement in education in 25 years, and will better allow our local schools and parents the flexibility to implement education policies that work best for Iowa students instead of b... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Introduces Small Municipality Flood Relief Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced the introduction of H.R. 3955, the Small Municipality Flood Relief Act. This legislation will give smaller towns like Waverly, Iowa the opportunity to redevelop land where the flood risk has been sufficiently mitigated and the land is no longer in the flood hazard zone. “The Small Municipality Flood Relief Act will give the City of Waverly the opportunity to reclaim over 35 residential lots in the central core of Waverly, where the community lost more... Read more

  • Blum Stands With Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on November 25, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum announced his efforts to highlight the importance of small businesses in our communities as part of the buildup to Small Business Saturday on November 28th. Congressman Blum signed on as an original co-sponsor of legislation officially recognizing Small Business Saturday, spoke on the House floor in support of small business across the First District, and will be visiting several small business on Saturday. “As a career small businessman myself, I understand first han... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Votes for American SAFE Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 19, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum voted “yes” on H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015, to pause the refugee intake from the Syrian crisis until the American government can be certain any refugees accepted from Iraq and Syria are not a security threat before granting them entrance into the United States. The legislation passed the House by a 289 - 137 vote. “Today, I joined a bipartisan, veto-proof majority of my colleagues in the House to make sure we keep America safe,” said Congressman Blum. “Wi... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Releases Statement on House Speaker Election
    Posted in Press Releases on October 29, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today I was proud to support my colleague and fellow Midwesterner Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House. There are serious issues with how Washington operates and after many meetings with Speaker Ryan I believe that he shares those concerns and will work hard to make the House of Representatives a place where each and every House member is heard and the American people are truly represented. I look forward to working with him to articulate a vision for our party and to tackle the many tough issues ... Read more

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