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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 29 items )  

Ernst Joins Maria Bartiromo to Discuss Her Efforts to Address Waste at Pentagon, Save Taxpayers Millions
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) joined Mornings with Maria on Fox Business to discuss her bill to address the Department of Defense's (DoD) massive inefficiencies in its storage and inventory by giving the Pentagon the authority to consolidate unneeded warehouses and storage centers, with the goal of saving taxpayers in Iowa and across the country over $500 million. Currently, DoD is incurring hundreds of millio  more

Ernst: Forget Area 51--Waste at the Pentagon is Out of This World
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - The Senator introduced legislation to address the Department of Defense's massively inefficient storage and inventory that is costing taxpayers millions * * * While social media is abuzz this week about "storming" Area 51, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, is calling for the Department of Defense (DoD) to address massive inefficien  more

Finkenauer and Westerman Introduce Bipartisan Rural Road Safety Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) and Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced the Rural Road Safety Act, which would provide federal funding for communities to make critical safety improvements to their rural roads. A disproportionate number of traffic fatalities happen on America's rural roads. While carrying 30% of the county's traffic in 2017, 47.5% of fatalities happened on rural roads.  more

Finkenauer Announces Federal Grant for Hawkeye Community College Commercial Truck Driver Program Expansion
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced Hawkeye Community College will receive a $109,511 federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant. The grant program aims to increase the number of commercial driver's license (CDL) holders who receive enhanced operator safety training, and to help current and former military members and their spouses and children to transition into com  more

GAO Issues Report on CMS Quality Measurement Activities
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' quality measurement activities. The report (GAO-19-628) is titled "Health Care Quality: CMS Could More Effectively Ensure Its Quality Measurement Activities Promote Its Objectives". The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairm  more

Grassley Presses Labor Nominee to Commit to Whistleblower Protections If Confirmed
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia seeking assurance that if confirmed, he will enforce whistleblower protections to the fullest extent of the law. "Whistleblowers are critical to ensuring public safety and preventing waste, fraud and abuse. In the private sector, they alert government authorities to fraud, safety violations, and criminal activity. Co  more

Grassley Works to Engage Next Generation in Representative Government
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today released an informational guide for Iowans to learn more about a historic leadership position of the U.S. Senate. As the longest serving current Republican lawmaker in the U.S. Senate, Grassley in January was sworn in as the 91st Senate President pro tem (PPT) for the 116th Congress, a constitutional office third in line to the presidency. "Today is Constitution Day.  more

Grassley, Cassidy Partner to Tackle Student Loan Debt
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are working together to empower students and families with more information throughout the college search process. Cassidy recently cosponsored two of Grassley's bipartisan bills addressing this issue, the Know Before You Owe Federal Student Loan Act and the Understanding the True Cost of College Act. Grassley recently cosponsored Cassidy's College   more

Grassley, Wyden Subpoena Subjects in Investigation of Syndicated Conservation Easements
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have issued subpoenas for documents in their bipartisan probe of syndicated conservation-easement transactions. Generally, conservation easements are a legitimate tax tool to promote land conservation, but some of them in recent years may have allowed some taxpayers to profit from gaming the law--depriving th  more

Rep. Axne Issues Statement on Tariff Aid Funding in Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following statement: * * * - House Appropriations Committee released language of the continuing resolution with the inclusion of Rep. Axne's request for tariff aid funding * * * Following her request to Leadership, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) today issued the following statement thanking House Democratic Leadership for including tariff aid funding in the continuing resolution (CR) the House is expected to vote on tonight. "This   more

Rep. Axne Leads Freshman Democrats in Protecting Americans From Surprise Billing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation requires insurance companies to regularly update provider directories to prevent patients from unknowingly receiving out-of-network care * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) led a group of freshman Democrats, including U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Susie Lee (NV-03), Susan Wild (PA-7), Haley Stevens (MI-11), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2) and Chris  more

Rep. Axne Urges Democratic Leadership to Include Tariff Aid in Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Axne breaks with Democrats, demands tariff aid in funding bill * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) urged House Democratic Leadership to include extensions for the commodity credit corporation in the continuing resolution (CR) in order to ensure the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can continue Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments to struggling farmers. The Washington Post reported t  more

Rep. Finkenauer Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Keep Teachers in Classroom
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA-01), Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1), and Congressman David B. McKinley P.E. (R-WV-1) announced introduction of the RETAIN Teachers Act, or the Reducing Extra Teaching Authentication Impacting New Teachers Act. The bill would help attract teachers and keep them in the classroom by streamlining burdensome paperwork re  more

Rep. King: Taiwan Announces Intent to Purchase $3.6 Billion in Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Beef
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Congressman Steve King announces that the nation of Taiwan has signed letters of intent to purchase $3.6 billion of American corn, soybean, wheat, and beef over the next two years. The letters of intent were signed at a ceremony King participated in yesterday afternoon, and were a highlight of the 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to Washington D.C. "I am pleased that the Taiwanese continue to mak  more

Rep. Susie Lee, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect Americans From Surprise Billing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) joined a group of freshmen Democrats, including U.S. Reps. Cindy Axne (Iowa-03), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (Fla.-26), Susan Wild (Pa.-07), Haley Stevens (Mich.-11), Abby Finkenauer (Iowa-01), Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.-02), and Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.-06), in introducing legislation to protect Americans from "surprise bills" due to out-of-date insurance directories. The UPDATE   more

Reps. Westerman, Finkenauer Introduce Bipartisan Rural Road Safety Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) introduced the Rural Road Safety Act, which would provide federal funding for communities to make critical safety improvements to their rural roads. "Whenever I'm driving back in my district, I see the dangers of traveling on rural roads," Westerman said. "This bipartisan bill will re-implement investments that worked in t  more

Sen. Ernst Applauds Trump Admin Scrapping Obama's WOTUS Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Calls on Congress to Codify Reasonable Definition * * * U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, thanked the Trump Administration for finalizing the rollback of the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Since entering office in 2015, Senator Ernst has worked tirelessly to remove this burdensome rule for Iowa's farmers, manufacturers  more

Sen. Ernst Invites Iowa Students to Apply to Service Academies
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Deadline to apply for 2020-2021 school year is October 16, 2019 * * * Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a reminder to Iowa students that applications to receive a nomination to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted to the senator's Des Moines office by October 16, 2019. "Nominating Iow  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Floor Remarks on Blocking Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on blocking appropriations bills: "The latest political ploy by the Democrats is to paint the Senate majority leader as obstructionist because he hasn't moved to consider certain bills passed by the House. "Well, they can hardly use that talking point anymore. "Yesterday, the Senate majority leader moved to take up the House-passed appropriations package and the Senate Democrats blocked that motion.   more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks on Constitution Day
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on Constitution Day: "Since the day I was born, I have celebrated Constitution Day. "That's because the 39 delegates signed the U.S. Constitution on September 17, which is exactly 146 years before I was born. "It's a gift to share my birthday with the historic signing of our nation's founding charter. "The Constitution lends weight to the resilience of our heritage and the heroes who have fought to d  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks on Iowa vs. Iowa State Football Game
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on the Iowa vs. Iowa State Football Game: "This weekend, I attended what some call Iowa's own Super Bowl, the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game. "I talked with Iowans while tailgating before the game about issues such as ethanol, biodiesel and trade. "This year the game was in Ames and Iowa State hosted ESPN's football College Game Day for the first time ever. "It was an opportunity to show off Iowa  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Confirmation of Two Treasury Officials
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the confirmation of two officials to the Treasury Department: The U.S. Senate confirmed Brent McIntosh to serve as Under Secretary for International Affairs by a vote of 54-38 and Brian Callanan to serve as General Counsel by a vote of 55-39. "In the midst of ever-changing global markets, trade and economic dynamics, keeping the Treasury Department staffed with   more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Confirmation Process of Justice Kavanaugh
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor statement on the confirmation process of Justice Brett Kavanaugh: "Last year, we on the Judiciary Committee conducted an incredibly thorough review of a nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States. We dug into Justice Kavanaugh's personal and professional life and discussed concerns openly in front of the public. Allegations were raised against the Justice, but none could be corroborated or verified. I k  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Constitution Day
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 17, on Constitution Day: Since the day I was born, I have celebrated Constitution Day. That is because the 39 delegates signed the U.S. Constitution on September 17, which is exactly 146 years before I was born. It is a gift to share my birthday with the historic signing of our Nation's founding charter. The Constitution lends weight to the resilience  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Iowan Serviceman Hay
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor statement to honor Iowan serviceman Merle Hay: "Merle David Hay from Glidden was the first Iowa serviceman to die in World War I. "Hay enlisted on May 9th, 1917 with his father's blessing as he was too young to be drafted. "He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division Company F. "In the early morning hours of November 3rd, 1917 while posted in the trenches near the French Village of Artois, the Imperial Germ  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of McIntosh, Callahan to Treasury Department
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the confirmation of two officials to the Treasury Department: The U.S. Senate confirmed Brent McIntosh to serve as Under Secretary for International Affairs by a vote of 54-38 and Brian Callanan to serve as General Counsel by a vote of 55-39. "In the midst of ever-changing global markets, trade and economic dynamics, keeping the Treasury Department staffed with exper  more

Senate Agriculture Committee Sets Hearing on Perspectives on Livestock, Poultry Sectors
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee issued the following hearing information: Perspectives on the livestock and poultry sectors at 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Sept. 25: Witnesses * Jennifer Houston, President, National Cattlemen's Beef Association and East Tennessee Livestock Center, Sweetwater, TN * Ron Kardel, Vice Chairman and grower, National Turkey Federation and West Liberty Foods, Walcott, IA * Jayson Lusk, Distinguishe  more

Sens. Grassley, Wyden Release Committee Summary Report on Long-Term Solutions to Temporary Tax Policy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: The Finance Committee is releasing the fifth of six tax taskforce reports on long-term solutions to temporary tax policy. Last month, the first four were released. HEALTH - The taskforce summary report can be found HERE (https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Health%20Task%20Force%2009-16-19.pdf). Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Co-Lead Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-P  more

Sens. Roberts, Stabenow Announce Livestock, Poultry Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a hearing titled, "Perspectives on the Livestock and Poultry Sectors." Who: Mrs. Jennifer Houston, President, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and East Tenn  more