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  • Rep. Blum to Host 3rd Annual Women in Business Forum
    Posted in Press Releases on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum announced his 3rd annual "Women in Business Forum and Showcase" in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, December 19th, at the Cedar Rapids Library from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. In addition to Congressman Blum, this event will feature a keynote presenter, followed by a panel discussion led by area women business leaders. The keynote speaker and panelists will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event. The event will focus on finding solutions and raising awareness about unique iss... Read more

  • WCF Courier: Blum looks to keep historic tax credits in reform package
    Posted in In the News on October 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Tax Reform

    WATERLOO — Tax reform is expected to be introduced in the U.S. House this week, but details are sparse as to what it will contain. U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District, is fighting to ensure one particular provision is included. Blum, a Dubuque businessman, joined a bipartisan group of 34 House members who want to keep federal historic tax credits in the tax code, despite rumors they are slated for elimination.... Read the rest of The Courier's story here Read more

  • Bipartisan Effort to Protect Historic Tax Credit Led by Rep. Blum and Rep. McKinley
    Posted in Press Releases on October 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Tax Reform

    Congressman Rod Blum (IA-01) and Congressman David McKinley (WV-01) authored a letter to Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal of the House Committee on Ways & Means. Signed by a bipartisan group of 32 other Members, the letter urges Committee leadership to bear in mind the importance of the Federal Historic Tax Credit (FHTC) while considering tax reform. The State of Iowa alone has experienced exceptional economic growth as a result of the FHTC. From 2002 to 2015, the FHTC invested $172 millio... Read more

  • "We Met the Enemy and It is Us"
    Posted in On the Hill on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    Yes, you read the correctly; it was a direct quote from a federal government agency testifying before the Small Business Committee on reducing compliance costs for small businesses. Watch the following video to see me tell the federal government "we don't believe you" when they say they are striving to cut red tape. 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 To Hold Veterans Job Fair & Service Expo
    Posted in Press Releases on June 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Veterans

    Congressman Blum will be hosting his first Veterans Job Fair & Services Expo on Tuesday June 30 in Cedar Rapids. Employers from all over Iowa will be attending the Job Fair looking to hire area veterans. "Veterans have the leadership qualities and practical skills that employers are looking for, and I'm looking forward to helping connect them with Iowa employers through our Veterans Expo," said Blum. "We're excited about the many participating employers, groups and organizations who are working ... 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

  • 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

  • Blum Takes Leadership Role on Section 179
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth

    This week Congressman Rod Blum took a leadership role in the effort to make Section 179 expensing permanent. Blum signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 636, designed to permanently extend the $500,000 limit, indexed for inflation, for expensing purposes for investments in new equipment and property. In addition to this effort, Rep. Blum also led a bipartisan letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner from the Iowa delegation requesting that H.R. 636 be brought to the House floor for consideration a... Read more

  • Congressman Blum Releases Statement On John Deere Layoffs
    Posted in Press Releases on January 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economic Growth, Tax Reform

    Congressman Rod Blum today released the following statement regarding the announcement of layoffs at John Deere: “Today’s news of layoffs at John Deere stands in stark contrast to the rosy economic picture painted by President Obama in his State of the Union address this week. Unfortunately, the recovery still has not reached many of our working families. I am convinced our economy can do much better. I came to Washington to do just that, and I am working hard everyday to promote common sense p... Read more

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