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  • 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

  • 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

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