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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. 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

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