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  • Blum Releases Statement on Debt Ceiling/Budget Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement about the vote in the House to suspend the debt ceiling and increase spending above the legal limits passed by Congress: This deal is exactly what is wrong with Washington, DC. Negotiated behind closed doors and presented to Congress at the last minute, this bill leaves the American people out of the process of representative government. This deal also irresponsibly eliminates the debt ceiling -- one of the critical mechanisms that prot... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Leads Effort to Reform Conflicts Of Interest Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) led a bipartisan Iowa delegation letter to the Department of Labor (DoL) requesting a review of the recently proposed Conflicts of Interest Rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The letter specifically asks the Department to revisit potentially harmful portions of the rule to better protect consumers and ensure the continued ability of the financial planning industry that is a critical part of Iowa’s economy to effective serve their c... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Issues Statement On Continuing Resolution Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Representative Rod Blum issued the following statement on his vote against the continuing resolution: “Today I voted no on the continuing resolution because I believe that short term, last minute funding measures that kick the can down the road are not the proper way to run our country. When regular order is abandoned in favor of back room deals the American people are not truly represented. No wonder nearly 70% of Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction: career polit... Read more

  • Rep. Blum To Host Women In Business Forum
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education and Opportunity, Jobs and Economic Growth

    Representative Rod Blum will be holding his first Women in Business Forum at the University of Northern Iowa. The forum is designed to encourage continued dialogue on the topic of women in business in Iowa, and identify and connect interested women to a network of service providers that can help further advance their entrepreneurial dreams. The forum will take place on October 14th. More details can be found below. Event: Congressman Blum’s Women in Business Forum When: Wednesday October 14th, 3... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Announces Recipient Of Papal Gallery Seat
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum announced that Max Ortner of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Waterloo has been selected to travel to Washington as his special guest for the address of Pope Francis to Congress. “Mr. Ortner has been a dedicated and selfless volunteer for Blessed Sacrament and the community for decades, and is a wonderful example of the difference one caring person can make. I am honored to have him as my special guest for the Pope’s address to Congress,” said Congressman Blum. Congre... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Announces Opposition to Iran Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on September 3, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum publicly announced his opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, more commonly known as the Iran agreement, negotiated by the Obama Administration and currently being considered by Congress. Recently, Congressman Blum outlined multiple areas of serious concerns with the proposed agreement, including the lack of any involvement of the United States in the nuclear inspections, the 24 day notification process for inspections, a lack of dismantlement of curren... Read more

  • Blum Applauds Court Delay to WOTUS Implementation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Yesterday, a North Dakota federal judge issued an order blocking the immediate implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The Obama Administration is seeking to expand the jurisdiction of federal authority over local waterways and tributaries by removing control from individuals, farms, and small businesses. The proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was scheduled to take effect today. Although Iowa is not a ... Read more

  • Blum Votes to Give Congress A Voice in Regulatory Process
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2015 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum voted in favor of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. If enacted, this legislation will require that executive branch regulations with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more be approved by a joint resolution of Congress in order to take effect. Rep. Blum is also an original cosponsor of the legislation. “The excessive and misguided regulations coming from the executive branch are hurting our economy and costing our ... Read more

  • Blum Joins Call to Remove IRS Commissioner Koskinen
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability

    Congressman Rod Blum has joined 20 of his colleagues serving on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to formally request the President remove the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen from his position. Over the last two years, the OGR Committee has been investigating the misconduct by the IRS regarding their targeting of certain organizations’ applications for tax exempt status. However, the committee’s investigation has been hindered by the IRS’ admitted d... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Introduces Enforcement Transparency Act of 2015
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    This week Congressman Rod Blum, along with Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Congressman Dr. Dan Benishek (R-MI), introduced H.R.3136, the Enforcement Transparency Act (ETA) of 2015. This legislation would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to publicly release the table used to calculate fines by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for violations under the Animal Welfare Act. “Unfortunately, there are too many regulatory barriers facing American researchers a... Read more

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