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  • Reps. Blum, Loebsack Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Prioritize Cedar Rapids Flood Project
    Posted in Press Releases on July 21, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to begin construction on the Cedar Rapids flood management project that was authorized by Congress in 2014. After the severe flooding of the Cedar River in 2008 -- which resulted in $2.4B in estimated property losses -- Congress authorized $73.1 million in funding towards a flood management and prevention project for Cedar Rapids in the Water Resources Reform and Development... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Releases Statement On House’s Temporary Reauthorization Of The Highway Trust Fund
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum issued the following statement regarding his “no” vote on HR 3038, the House’s temporary reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund. “As a career small businessman, I know from a lifetime of experience that uncertainty is the enemy of businesses. This bill was yet another temporary patch for our critical infrastructure needs that kicks the can down the road and leaves our builders, contractors and planners with no ability to make longer term investments or prepare for... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Releases Statement On Iran Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    This morning, the Obama Administration announced the completion of an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (China, Russia, United Kingdom, France, United States and Germany) countries regarding Iran's nuclear capabilities. Congressman Rod Blum issued the following statement reacting to the news: “I cannot stress enough my concerns about negotiating with the world’s largest state sponsor of global terrorism. Despite any good intentions of the deal, a preliminary review of the agreement shows it fa... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Supports 21st Century Cures Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in voting in favor of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. The legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 344-77. H.R. 6 reauthorizes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), streamlines the Federal Drug Administration’s approval process for new drugs and medical devices, and creates a new “Innovation Fund” that provides $8.75 billion over the next five years dedicated to discovering new cures... Read more

  • Blum Co-Sponsors Kate’s Law To Hold Criminals Accountable
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum signed on as an original co-sponsor of “Kate’s Law.” Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) introduced this legislation in response to the tragic murder of 32-year-old San Francisco woman Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant with a felony record who had been deported five times. The bill would ensure that any adult illegal immigrant who is deported from the United States and chooses to again enter our country illegally faces a prison sentence of no less than five years. “The... Read more

  • Rep. Blum To Hold Veterans Job Fair & Service Expo
    Posted in Press Releases on June 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Veterans

    Congressman Blum will be hosting his first Veterans Job Fair & Services Expo on Tuesday June 30 in Cedar Rapids. Employers from all over Iowa will be attending the Job Fair looking to hire area veterans. "Veterans have the leadership qualities and practical skills that employers are looking for, and I'm looking forward to helping connect them with Iowa employers through our Veterans Expo," said Blum. "We're excited about the many participating employers, groups and organizations who are working ... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Releases Statement on Trade Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    “Yesterday, I joined 178 Democrats and 33 Republicans in voting “no” on H.Res. 305, a procedural measure on the rules for consideration of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by the House of Representatives. Though the current form of TPA does include Congressional oversight over the trade agreement process, I voted no because I believed the House should have taken more time to improve the bill by giving Congress additional oversight and strengthening protections for American workers and American jo... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Announces Bipartisan Congressional Slovak Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with his colleague Congressman Peter Visclosky (D-IN), today formally announced the formation of the Congressional Slovak Caucus. “I am happy to join my colleague Rep. Visclosky in reconstituting the Congressional Slovak Caucus," said Rep. Blum. "With the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library located in Cedar Rapids and many Slovaks living throughout Eastern Iowa, this caucus will help to build on the strong ties between the United States and Slovakia, a... Read more

  • Rep. Blum To Host Constituent Listening Events
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum will be hosting three constituent “Coffee with your Congressman” events this coming Saturday, May 23rd as part of his 20 County Listening Tour. These events are designed to give constituents throughout the First District who may not have access to one of our district offices the opportunity to meet directly with Congressman Blum and staff. All three events are open to the public and the media. Event: Dyersville Coffee with Congressman Blum When: Saturday May 23rd, 11AM-12PM ... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Offers Amendment to Ban Taxpayer Funded First Class Flights
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability, Reforming Congress, Spending Cuts and Debt

    Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Reps. Gwen Graham (D-FL), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) offered an amendment to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act which would prohibit funds from being used to pay for first class travel for Members of the House of Representatives. Rep. Blum will testify in support of the bipartisan amendment today at 5 PM EST before the House Committee on Rules. “This is not a partisan issue: members of the House of Representatives don’t need special taxpayer funded perks like f... Read more

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