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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday September 08, 2019 ( 14 items )  

Grassley Questions Use of DOJ Memo to Limit Recovery of Tax Dollars Lost to Fraud
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is seeking details on the role of Justice Department (DOJ) guidance in government's efforts to dismiss claims of fraud against taxpayers. The 2018 Granston memo issued by DOJ's Commercial Litigation Branch outlines when DOJ can seek to dismiss fraud cases brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the government. Those cases have led to the recovery of more than $59 billion in  more

Grassley, Brady Press Tax Administration Watchdog to Fill Continued Vacancies
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: * * * - Number of vacant positions in office of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration rose to 70 over last year * * * Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) today wrote to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) urging that long-term, high-level vacancies be q  more

Grassley, Brady Press Tax Administration Watchdog to Fill Continued Vacancies
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Number of vacant positions in office of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration rose to 70 over last year * * * Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) today wrote to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) urging that long-term, high-level vacancies be quickly filled in the importan  more

House Financial Services Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Iowa State University
HOUSTON, Texas, Sept. 4 -- The House Financial Services subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations issued the following testimony by Hua Sun, associate professor of finance at Iowa State University, at a field hearing entitled "Examining Discrimination and Other Barriers to Consumer Credit, Homeownership, and Financial Inclusion in Texas": "Thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify at this hearing. My name is Hua Sun, and I am an associate professor of finance at Iowa State Universit  more

House Financial Services Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Barriers to Consumer Credit, Homeownership, Financial Inclusion
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- The House Financial Services subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations issued the following hearing information: Examining discrimination and other barriers to consumer credit, homeownership and financial inclusion in Texas at 14083 South Main Street, Houston, Texas at 10 a.m. on Sept. 4: Witness List Panel I * Belinda Everette, Director, Housing Initiative, NAACP Houston Branch * Judson Robinson III, CEO and Chair, Houston Area Urban League * Hua Sun, Professor, U  more

In Wake of Mass Violence, Grassley Pushes for Greater Oversight of Mental Health Grants
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to explain why it hasn't adopted recommendations to improve accountability of grants awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). His inquiry comes as recent government reports on trends in mass violence highlight serious   more

In Wake of Mass Violence, Grassley Pushes for Greater Oversight of Mental Health Grants
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to explain why it hasn't adopted recommendations to improve accountability of grants awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). His inquiry comes as recent government reports on trends in mass violence highlight serious mental health issues as a com  more

Rep. Finkenauer Announces Federal Investigation Into 'Fund Swapping' Practice
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the Government Accountability Office will begin an investigation into "federal fund swapping" practices this month. Congresswoman Finkenauer was joined by Iowa labor leaders at a press conference in Cedar Rapids. Normally, when federal funding for transportation infrastructure is made available, the state will pass some of that funding on to cities and  more

Rep. Finkenauer Issues Statement on Labor Day
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following statement on Labor Day: "Today, we celebrate our hard-working Iowans who make up the backbone of our state and country. "We celebrate the working class and our labor unions who helped build it. We celebrate the protections that keep our friends and neighbors safe while they're on the job, and that ensure they get paid a fair wage. "Today is also a reminder that we must always stay vigilant as some policy makers say the  more

Rep. King to Host Town Hall in Palo Alto County on September 16
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Congressman Steve King announces that he will be hosting a town hall meeting in Palo Alto County on Monday, September 16. The town hall is open to the public and to the media. The Palo Alto County town hall will be held in Ruthven, IA at the Ruthven Senior Center located at 1301 Gowrie Street. The town hall will run from Noon-1:00 PM Central. King has pledged to hold a town hall in each of the 39 counties in th  more

Reps. Loebsack, Latta, Long, McEachin Introduce Legislation to Improve Broadband Data Maps
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Bob Latta (OH-05) introduced bipartisan legislation that would improve the accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) broadband availability maps. The "Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act (HR 4229)'' will improve the accuracy of FCC broadband data maps by changing the way broadband data is collected. The legisl  more

Sen. Ernst's August in Iowa: 11 Town Halls, 37 Visits and County Tour Stops, 3 Bills Signed Into Law, 1 Committee Field Hearing
OAK, Iowa, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, the first female combat veteran to serve in the United States Senate, continued traveling across Iowa on her 99 County Tour in the month of August, holding 11 town halls, making 37 other visits and county tour stops, having three bills signed into law, hosting one Senate committee field hearing, and meeting and speaking with thousands of Iowans along the way. By Labor Day, the Senator rea  more

Sens. Grassley, Daines Submit Op-Ed on Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Steve Daines, R-Montana, issued the following op-ed on prescription drug costs, which was provided to The Courier: As United States Senators representing the Big Sky state and Hawkeye country, older Montanans and Iowans keep a watchful eye on spending. Like millions of Americans across the country, they are mindful that they need to stretch their savings in order to pay the bills and uphold their   more

Sens. Grassley, Daines Submit Op-Ed on Prescription Drug Pricing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Sens. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Steve Daines, R-Montana, issued the following op-ed on prescription drug pricing, which was provided to the Glasgow Courier: As United States Senators representing the Big Sky state and Hawkeye country, older Montanans and Iowans keep a watchful eye on spending. Like millions of Americans across the country, they are mindful that they need to stretch their savings in order to pay the bills and uphold their quality of life in retireme  more