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  • Rep. Blum's Statement on Rushed $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    Congressman Rod Blum issued the following statement after his vote against H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. "As a fiscal watchdog elected to Congress on the promise to rein in Washington’s out of control spending habits, this omnibus bill represents politics as usual in Washington. The text was not released until last night, effectively giving Members of Congress seven hours to read the 2,232 page bill -- the equivalent length of two Bibles. It is problematic voting on any... Read more

  • Rep Blum Saves 20% of Office Budget- Returns to Treasury for Deficit Reduction
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    Congressman Rod Blum has announced he will be returning 20.4% of his yearly budget to the U.S. Treasury to pay down the national debt. Each Member of Congress receives an annual budget to operate their Congressional offices. Rep. Blum has sent a letter to Speaker Ryan to request the funds go to deficit reduction. In 2016, Congressman Blum announced he underspent his previous budget by $102,000. The newest amount has nearly tripled taxpayer savings. Congressman Blum commented, “As a fiscal conser... Read more

  • Rep. Blum's Statement on House Con. Res. 71
    Posted in Press Releases on October 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt, Tax Reform

    Today, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement about his vote for House Con. Res. 71: “Today's budget resolution had its plusses and minuses as a budget, and nobody gets everything they want from government like an immediate solution to balancing the budget and getting DC's fiscal house in order. But today we took a vital step to delivering the largest tax cut in history to the middle class and reigniting our economy. I am proud to support that effort. After tax reform, we must mak... Read more

  • Hurricane Relief: Politics as Usual
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    The most recent hurricane relief package voted on in the House is yet another egregious example of “politics as usual” in Washington DC. I’m referring to the practice of adding bad policy to must pass bills because career politicians know that the add-ons would never pass as standalone legislation. Most problematic was the recent bill's provision canceling $16 billion of the NFIP's debt without making any reforms whatsoever. NFIP was nearly $25 billion in debt prior to this season's hurricanes a... Read more

  • Rep. Blum commends Harvey Relief, questions Debt Ceiling attachment
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt

    Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement about his vote for House Resolution 601: “As the Representative of Iowa’s 1st District, which has seen devastating flooding over the last decade, I absolutely agree on the critical need for additional funding to assist in mitigating and recovering from the effects of natural disasters,” said Congressman Blum. “Though I voted in favor of disaster relief, this funding should have come from a standalone relief package wi... 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

  • Congressman Rod Blum Finishes Busy First Two Weeks
    Posted in Press Releases on January 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Accountability, Energy, Jobs and Economic Growth, Spending Cuts and Debt, Veterans

    Newly elected First District Congressman Rod Blum has wrapped up a busy first two weeks in Congress. Since being sworn in on January 6th, Rep. Blum has focused on a common sense agenda geared towards increasing opportunities for working families and reining in the hyperactive executive branch. Top highlights include casting votes in support of H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline; H.R.37, the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act; H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act. Rep. Blum... Read more

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