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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 21 items )  

Ernst Awarded Growth Energy's 'Fueling Growth' Award for Fifth Year in Row
RED OAK, Iowa, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Growth Energy, a leading trade association representing the biofuels industry, has awarded U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) the 2019 "Fueling Growth" award for the fifth year in a row. Ernst is receiving this award for her continued efforts fighting on behalf of the biofuels industry in Iowa, and across the country. "Renewable fuels are crucial to Iowa's agriculture economy and the livelihood of folks across ou  more

Following Relentless Effort to Secure Funding, Ernst Joins Groundbreaking for Cedar Rapids Flood Project
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Ernst, who in 2008 was deployed as an Iowa National Guard member to respond to the flood disaster, helped secure $117 million for the project * * * Following years of relentless efforts to secure $117 million in federal funding, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) joined city officials and others today for the groundbreaking of the Cedar Rapids flood mitigation project, an initiative that has been  more

GAO Issues Report on Abusive Schemes Involving Tax-Exempt Entities
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how Internal Revenue Service identifies emerging abusive tax schemes involving tax-exempt entities. The report (GAO-19-491) is titled "Tax-Law Enforcement: IRS Could Better Leverage Existing Data to Identify Abusive Schemes Involving Tax-Exempt Entities". The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on Sept. 5. Here  more

GAO Issues Report on Medicare Spending for Disposable Wound Care Devices in Home Health
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicare home health utilization and spending for disposable negative pressure wound therapy devices. The report (GAO-20-42) is titled "Medicare: Spending on Certain Disposable Wound Care Devices in Home Health". 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, chairman, Rep. Greg Wald  more

Grassley, Brady Op-ed in USA Today: Don't Let Impeachment Politics Delay USMCA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry into the president of the United States means that issue will likely dominate discussion in Washington for months. That's a shame, because there are so many pressing matters for Congress that are much more consequential to the everyday lives of Americans. One of the most urgent is the modernized trade agreement with our neig  more

Iowans, Biofuels Leaders Praise Ernst for Fighting on Behalf of Farmers and Producers
RED OAK, Iowa, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Following the Trump Administration's announcement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) last week, Iowans and leaders in the biofuels industry praised the efforts of Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) for her decisive role in helping reach the agreement and continuing to fight on behalf of farmers and producers in Iowa and across the country. Monte Shaw, executive director, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association: "Sen. Ernst   more

Rep. Finkenauer Hosts Prescription Drug Listening Session
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Finkenauer announces 'Rx Initiative' to help constituents to share their own stories * * * Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) held a listening session in Dubuque to hear how prescription drug prices are affecting constituents in Iowa's First Congressional District. Finkenauer hosted the event at Carnegie Stout Library with invited guests and shared how she is working with Democrats and Republic  more

Rep. Finkenauer Pushes Iowa Priorities During Visit From House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Finkenauer and Chairman Peter DeFazio toured bridges and held a roundtable discussion * * * Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) hosted House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in Iowa's First Congressional District. Finkenauer and DeFazio toured infrastructure in Buchanan County and heard from Iowans about the challenges they face while maintaining ru  more

Sen. Ernst Issues Statement on Announcement of Partial Trade Deal With China
RED OAK, Iowa, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following statement regarding the announcement of a partial trade deal reached by China and the U.S.: "I'm glad the administration is making positive progress on a trade deal with China. "No new tariffs on goods plus additional purchases of agricultural products, like Iowa soybeans and pork, is a good sign. "I look forward to learning more details about this phase of the deal. "I'll continue fighting on behalf of Iowans to ensu  more

Sen. Feinstein Issues Statement After Former EPA Employees Called for Congressional Probe
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following statement after former Environmental Protection Agency employees called for a congressional probe into the agency's attacks on California: "Today, 593 former EPA officials sent a letter calling for a congressional investigation into whether agency leaders inappropriately threatened California. "I couldn't agree with these individuals more: Enforcement actions must be fair and impartial and should never be used as   more

Sen. Grassley Continues Pushing DoD For Answers on TransDigm Contracts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, seeking additional information about the Department of Defense's (DoD) commitment to aggressively confront and end excessive price-gouging of spare parts by the TransDigm Group, Inc. (TransDigm). "I was pleased to learn that TransDigm agreed to return to the taxpayers $16.1 million - t  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks on Benefits of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WAUKEE, Iowa, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following remarks at an event with Vice President Mike Pence on the benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "It's great to be here with you today to talk about USMCA. This has been a top priority of mine this year because Americans stand to benefit greatly from USMCA. "More market access for agriculture, new commitments in critical areas such as customs, digital trade, intellectual property, labor, environment, currency  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on CBO Analysis on Drug Pricing Legislation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of legislation to lower prescription drug prices by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California: * * * - Congressional Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs Must Be Bipartisan * * * "I'm glad the House of Representative is working on prescription drug legislation. Lowering costs for patients and taxpayers while protec  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on CBO Score on House Prescription Drug Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement: * * * - Congressional Effort to Lower Prescription Drug Costs Must Be Bipartisan * * * Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) analysis of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) legislation to lower prescription drug prices. "I'm glad the House of Representative is working on prescription drug legislati  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Speaker of Iowa House Election
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement regarding the Iowa House Republican caucus vote for Rep. Pat Grassley as speaker-elect for the 2020 legislative session: "I've watched my grandson Pat mature as a freshman legislator at age 23 to become a very effective leader in the Iowa House. I attribute the mentorship of Speaker Linda Upmeyer for serving as a tremendous role model to Pat and the entire Republican caucus. "Notably, Pat became chairman of  more

Sen. Grassley Submits Op-Ed on WTO
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sens. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following op-ed regarding the World Trade Organization, which was provided to CNN online: With the World Trade Organization Public Forum underway in Geneva, it is time for members to confront and address the problems that are eroding the WTO's credibility and effectiveness. These are problems that, if left unresolved, will endanger the WTO's   more

Sen. Grassley, Rep. Brady Submit Op-Ed on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following op-ed on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which was provided to USA Today: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry into the president of the United States means that issue will likely dominate discussion in Washington for months. That's a shame, becau  more

Sen. Grassley: Don't Weaponize IRS for Left's Political NRA Probe
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today cautioned the Internal Revenue Service against indulging Democrats' political demands to investigate the National Rifle Association. Such ideological weaponizing of the agency would harm the public trust and repeat the mistakes of the Obama Administration. In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, Grassley  more

Sen. Grassley: Senators Seek Status Update on Criminal Referrals of Spurious Allegations Made During Kavanaugh Nomination
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: One year after the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a group of senators are seeking updates from the Justice Department on the status of criminal referrals made by the committee in the course of and after the last year's confirmation process. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Jo  more

Senate Finance Committee Chair Grassley Issues Remarks on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Benefits
WAUKEE, Iowa, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following remarks on the benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement at an event with Vice President Mike Pence: "It's great to be here with you today to talk about USMCA. This has been a top priority of mine this year because Americans stand to benefit greatly from USMCA. "More market access for agriculture, new commitments in critical areas such as customs, digital trade, intellectual   more

Senator Ernst Urges VA to Take Action to Address Hiring Issues
RED OAK, Iowa, Oct. 12 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - This builds on Ernst's bill that ensures proper care for veterans, tackles the issue of the VA hiring providers with a history of misconduct * * * U.S Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, has joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to take action following a troubling report from the Government Accountability Office that found Veterans Heal  more