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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday September 01, 2019 ( 15 items )  

Ernst's Bipartisan Bill to Assist Veterans Signed Into Law
RED OAK, Iowa, Aug. 24 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: One of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst's (R-IA) bipartisan bills aimed at assisting veterans in Iowa and across the country, was signed into law yesterday by President Trump. The Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act would protect the economic security and well-being of veterans and their families who rely on disability benefits and may be experiencing financial hardship. "As a combat veteran myself,  more

Ernst, Grassley Push Army Corps to Begin Levee Reconstruction in Hamburg
RED OAK, Iowa, Aug. 26 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Corps has yet to follow through on commitment following 2019 floods * * * U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to follow through on its commitment to rebuild a levee near Hamburg, Iowa, following the floods that devastated the area earlier this year. Following previous floods in 2011, the Corps mandated that the "Ditch 6 Lev  more

Grassley Bill Removing Red Tape for Small Businesses in Bankruptcy Becomes Law
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Legislation authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) aimed at reducing debt reorganization burdens for small businesses was signed into law by President Trump Friday. The Small Business Reorganization Act streamlines existing debt reorganization procedures and reduces certain small business bankruptcy requirements intended for major corporations. "American businesses come in all shapes and sizes. It'  more

Grassley, Casey Probe Federal Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Aging Committee Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today wrote to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and eight external quality review organizations (EQROs) that audit managed care organizations (MCOs) regarding the implementation of reforms outlined in a 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) re  more

Grassley, Ernst Push Army Corps of Engineers to Begin Levee Reconstruction in Hamburg
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Corps has yet to follow through on commitment following 2019 floods * * * Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst sent a letter pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to follow through on its commitment to rebuild a levee near Hamburg, Iowa, following the floods that devastated the area earlier this year. Following previous floods in 2011, the Corps mandated that the "Ditch 6 Levee" be  more

Grassley, U.S. Drug Czar Carroll to Discuss Addiction Epidemic in Iowa
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will participate in a tour and Q&A with U.S. Drug Czar Jim Carroll on Thursday, August 29th at the Cedar Rapids Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC) located at 3601 16th Ave. SW. The tour will begin at 2:45 p.m. CT with the Q&A to follow from 3 - 4 p.m. CT. The discussion will focus on methamphetamine and combatting the addiction crisis in Iowa. Grassley, a current member   more

Grassley, Vilsack Promote Bipartisan Appeal of USMCA in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 26 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D-Iowa) today toured AE Dairy, a Des Moines dairy plant that stands to benefit from the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Grassley and Vilsack spoke about the importance of passing USMCA for U.S. agriculture, the trade deal's bipartisan appeal and the need  more

Grassley, Vilsack Promote Bipartisan Appeal of USMCA in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 26 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D-Iowa) today toured AE Dairy, a Des Moines dairy plant that stands to benefit from the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Grassley and Vilsack spoke about the importance of passing USMCA for U.S. agriculture, the trade deal's bipartisan appeal and the need for Congress to act. "When   more

President Trump Signs Grassley Bill to Help Family Farmers Reorganize Debts
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: President Donald Trump today signed into law legislation authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to help family farmers who have fallen on hard times. The Family Farmer Relief Act expands access to debt reorganization procedures designed specifically to address the unique needs of family farmers. "More than 30 years ago, Congress created tools to help family farmers reorganize their debts and get ba  more

Rep. Finkenauer Hosts Bipartisan Roundtable With Farmers and USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) held a roundtable discussion with Iowa farmers at the County line Feed Mill to hear about important issues affecting Iowa agriculture. Finkenauer was joined by USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. Finkenauer and Northey also toured and met with farmers at the Black Hawk County corn and soy bean test plot. "I was happy to host Un  more

Sen. Ernst: On Taxpayers' Dime, Pentagon Buys Chinese Computers Vulnerable to Hacking
RED OAK, Iowa, Aug. 28 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, is calling on the Pentagon to stop buying and using tech equipment that can be hacked by our adversaries. Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) purchased more than $30 million of electronic equipment manufactured by Chinese companies with known cybersecurity vulnera  more

Sen. Grassley Seeks Information From CMS on Medicaid Data Collection
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma requesting information on how CMS plans to use the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) database to help inform policy proposals by federal and state entities. "This database is an important tool that CMS and Congr  more

Sen. Grassley: Comey's Self-Serving Decisions Did Great Harm to FBI
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - DOJ IG: Comey mishandled classified information; improperly disclosed FBI material; violated DOJ & FBI policies; set dangerous example for employees * * * Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today made the following comment on a Justice Department Inspector General (DOJ IG) report that condemned former FBI director James Comey's mishandling of cl  more

Sen. Jones Announces Bipartisan Family Farmer Relief Act Signed Into Law by President Trump
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, Aug. 29 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: * * * - Jones-sponsored legislation provides additional debt reorganization tools for family farms that have fallen on hard times * * * As bankruptcy rates among American farmers near record highs, Senator Doug Jones announced that bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to help family farms reorganize their debts has been signed into law by President Donald Trump.  more

Sens. Grassley, Casey Probe Federal Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Aging Committee Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today wrote to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma and eight external quality review organizations (EQROs) that audit managed care organizations (MCOs) regarding the implementation of reforms outlined in a 2017 Government A  more