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  • Rep. Blum Votes to Protect the Unborn
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr

    This week, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. If enacted, this legislation would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks - the time after which babies can feel pain - with exceptions to protect the lives of mothers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this legislation will lead to 2,500 lives saved each year. “As the father of five children, I understand the precious joy children ... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Spearheads Bipartisan R&D Tax Credit Letter
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Tax Reform

    Congressman Rod Blum led a bipartisan letter with 22 other Members of Congress to Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for H.R. 880, the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015, be brought for a vote as quickly as possible. H.R. 880 permanently extends and simplifies the calculations for the Research and Development Tax Credit. The House Committee on Ways and Means recently approved the bill, which awaits further action on the House floor. “As a small businessman, I fully understa... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Introduces Bipartisan Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO), Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Congressman David Young (R-IA) introduced the House companion to the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) authored the legislation, which removes the burdensome restrictions placed on the ethanol marketplace by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), further encourages manufacturers and producers to develop new techno... Read more

  • Rep. Rod Blum Introduces Lifetime Ban On Lobbying for Members of Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on April 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability, Reforming Congress

    Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) introduced his first bill, H.R.1740, the No Golden Parachutes for Public Service Act. This legislation would prohibit Members of Congress from ever engaging in lobbying activities after they leave office. “I firmly believe that the privilege of serving your constituents should be reward enough for Members of Congress,” said Blum. “This bill would finally close the revolving door between Congress and special interest groups, restoring integrity to our political s... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Announces Formation of Term Limits Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on April 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability

    Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), announced the formation of the bipartisan Congressional Term Limits Caucus today. “As someone coming to Congress from the private sector, I believe Washington suffers from a lack of fresh, innovative ideas and the courage to implement them,” said Blum, who along with O’Rourke will serve as Co-Chair of the caucus. Blum continued: “The root of this problem is that politicians are incentivized by the system to care more about... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Leads Effort to Block Harmful EPA Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability, Agriculture

    This week, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) led a bipartisan letter to the House Committee on Appropriations requesting a prohibition on funding for the EPA’s proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulations. The bipartisan letter garnered signatures from 104 Members of Congress and if implemented would prevent the EPA from claiming federal jurisdiction over small bodies of water like ponds, streams, ditches, and even “wetlands” that only contain water after rain. “I’ve heard from countless ... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Backs Effort to End Travel Perks for Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on March 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability

    Representative Rod Blum released the following statement regarding his role as the Republican lead on Representative Gwen Graham’s (D-FL) bill to eliminate taxpayer-funded first class flights and long term personal vehicle leases for members of Congress: “This is not a partisan issue: members of Congress don’t need taxpayer funded perks like first class travel and long term car leases to do their job. America’s founders never intended for public servants to live a life of luxury paid for by eve... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Releases Statement On DHS Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability, Foreign Affairs, Security

    Representative Rod Blum released the following statement about today’s DHS bill: “Today I voted against funding the President's illegal and unconstitutional executive actions on immigration. I had no choice but to do so: I took an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States. In past weeks I voted three times to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security while withholding funds for the President's illegal actions, only to see that legislation blocked by Senate Democrats wh... Read more

  • Rep. Blum Releases Statement On DHS Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability, Foreign Affairs, Security

    Representative Rod Blum released the following statement about today’s DHS bill: “This afternoon I voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the next 21 days. This legislation would have kept DHS fully open while allowing the House and Senate time to reconcile their differences in conference. I would have voted "No" if any funds went towards President Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty, but those actions have been halted for now by the recent court ruling in Texas.” Rod Blum ... Read more

  • Blum Continues To Lead on Solution to West Coast Port Slowdown
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) continued to take a leading role in calling for a solution to the West Coast port slowdown. Blum participated in a bipartisan press conference calling for a swift resolution to the dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshoreman Warehouse Union (ILWU). The situation has put the livelihoods of Iowa farmers, manufacturers and workers at risk by hampering the export of American products. “As a career small businessman, any... Read more

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