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  • Blum Leads Effort To Retain Special Counsel Lerner
    Posted in Press Releases on February 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability

    This week, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with the three other Co-Chairs of the bipartisan House Whistleblower Protection Caucus, authored a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in support of Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner’s nomination to serve a second term. Ms. Lerner leads the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the federal agency charged with protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation. Congressman Blum, along with Co-Chairs Rep. Mike Cof... Read more

  • Drain the Swamp: U.S. House Passes Rep. Blum's Whistleblower Protection Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability

    Today the House of Representatives unanimously approved Congressman Rod Blum’s legislation to protect whistleblowers in the federal government by reauthorizing the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) through 2021. The Office of Special Counsel is responsible for protecting federal employees from retaliation for whistleblowing on violations of law, mismanagement of funds, abuse of authority, or other prohibited practices within the federal government. “By passing this legislation on the second day o... 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

  • 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

  • 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

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