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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday October 20, 2019 ( 33 items )  

Ernst Calls for Clear Strategy for the Enduring Defeat of ISIS
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Ernst put forward a resolution asking DoD and the State Department to provide a strategy to Congress on their fight against ISIS, and joined bipartisan effort urging the administration to support America's Kurdish partners * * * In response to Turkey's reckless intervention in northern Syria, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee  more

Ernst's 'Presidential Perks' Bill Passes House, Moves Closer to Becoming Law
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - The bill would put a stop to the taxpayer-funded perks future former presidents benefit from after office--like travel expenses, office space, and a personal staff * * * In a major step toward becoming law, Senator Joni Ernst's (R-IA) bipartisan "Presidential Perks" bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with unanimous support. The legislation, which she introduced with Democratic Senator Maggie  more

Grassley Joins Tester Bill to Address Farmer Suicides as Farm & Mental Health Groups Praise Efforts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' Seeding Rural Resilience Act praised by state-wide and national farming and mental health organizations * * * As the only farmers currently serving in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are receiving praise from farm and mental health organizations across the country for the introduction of their Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which aims to curb   more

Grassley Presses HHS on Waste in Graduate Medical Education Programs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar seeking information on Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs, how the money is spent and what oversight processes are currently in place to prevent waste, fraud and abuse of the programs. "With three separate reports by non-partisan institutes highlighting potential   more

Johnson, Grassley, Lee Press ICIG to Answer Questions
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Inspector general response failed to answer most questions posed in senators' prior letters * * * U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; and Mike Lee (R-Utah) sent another letter to Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) Michael Atkinson o  more

King, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge President to Reconsider Decision to Abandon Kurdish Partners
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - Citing "grave concerns", 6 Senators - 3 Republican, 2 Democratic, and 1 independent - send letter "in the sincerest bipartisan fashion" * * * Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of bipartisan senators to urge President Trump to reconsider the decision to abandon our Kurdish partners in the face of Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria. In addition to Senator King, the lett  more

Rep. Axne Issues Statement on Announcement of EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement on the Trump administration's October 4th promise to restore integrity to the renewable fuel standard: "This is insulting, deeply disappointing, but unfortunately, not surprising. "Time and time again, this Administration comes to Iowa and pledges their support for farmers, only to go back to Washington to give hand-outs to big oil lobbyists at the expense of h  more

Rep. Axne Praises House Passage of Homeless Veterans Families Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would expand VA housing grant program to support veterans with children * * * U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) praised House passage of the bipartisan Homeless Veterans Families Act, legislation to help homeless veterans with children find a safe place to live. The legislation, which Rep. Axne is a co-sponsor of, will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reimburse organizations wh  more

Rep. Finkenauer Issues Statement on Announcement of EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuel standard announcement: "Iowa's farmers and producers have been promised over and over that this administration will uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard. "Just as many times, they've been let down by an administration that plays favorites with big oil. "As the nation's corn growers have said, this announcement does not provide confidence that the EPA and Tr  more

Rep. Finkenauer Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: "Congress feels emptier today without Congressman Elijah Cummings. "His leadership in handling some of Congress' heaviest responsibilities, his passion for serving his district, and his voice on fighting for equality are things we should all aspire to match. "My heart is with his wife, Maya, and their children."  more

Rep. King Speaks in Support of House Resolution to Censure Rep. Adam Schiff for Misleading the American People
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Congressman Steve King releases this video of remarks he made on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of a resolution introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) that seeks to formally censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for "conduct that misleads the American people" related to the September 26, 2019 House Intelligence Committee hearing on a whistleblower  more

Rep. King: 'I Stand With the President on His Decision to Remove Our Troops From Northern Syria'
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Congressman Steve King releases this video in which he discusses the importance of standing with President Trump's decision to remove American troops from Northern Syria. Yesterday, Congressman King was one of only 60 Republicans to support President Trump's position when the Congressman voted against a House Resolution which second guesses President Trump's withdrawal of U.S. forces from Northeast Syria. The res  more

Rep. Loebsack Issues Statement on EPA's Small Refinery Exemptions Rule
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa, issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency announced a supplemental proposed rule to account for gallons waived through small refinery exemptions in the nation's biofuel mandate: "It is outrageous that not even two weeks after the President and the EPA announced a 'deal' to offset the excessive number of SREs they granted to big, profitable oil companies, they fall back on their word. "This proposed rule provides  more

Sen. Ernst Issues Floor Statement on Situation in Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following floor statement, published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 17, on the situation in Syria: I rise to call attention to the dire situation that continues to unfold in northern Syria. Turkey embarked on a reckless and brutal intervention on October 9, 2019, ostensibly to clear northern Syria of terrorist elements. It has ironically dubbed this operation "Peace Spring." The departure of U.S. forces in the days just prior to   more

Sen. Ernst Issues Statement on Turkey's Actions in Northern Syria
RED OAK, Iowa, Oct. 14 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the following statement on Turkey's actions in northern Syria: "The recent actions by Turkey in Syria are dangerously alarming. Having served our nation in uniform, I am keenly aware of the dynamics at play. "The United States has worked side-by-side with our Kurdish partners in the fight against ISIS; and with our withdrawal from the region, we're  more

Sen. Ernst Presses USDA on Efforts to Increase Access to Biofuels
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Energy and Rural Development and a champion for the biofuels industry, today pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on their efforts to expand infrastructure which will lead to increased access to higher biofuel blends, like E15, in Iowa and across the country. In a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing this week, Ernst  more

Sen. Ernst Visits Mercy College to Discuss Expanding Health Sciences Education
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 14 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) visited Mercy College of Health Sciences Thursday to meet with students and administrators. During her visit, the senator discussed the future of Mercy College and the crucial need to educate healthcare professionals at the state and national levels. "There is tremendous innovation going on at Mercy College. Their work is critical to helping improve access to health sciences   more

Sen. Ernst: Kick 'Creeps' Out of the Federal Workplace
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - The senator's latest bill continues her commitment toward ending sexual violence and holding Washington bureaucrats accountable * * * U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a survivor and outspoken leader on the issue of combating sexual violence, is introducing legislation to ensure federal employees and contractors who are convicted of sexual assault face serious consequences for their actions, including te  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Floor Remarks on 244th Birthday of U.S. Navy
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks in celebration of the 244th birthday of the U.S. Navy: "On October 13th the United States Navy celebrated its 244th birthday. "The United States Navy was founded by the Continental Congress in 1775 to disrupt British shipping and naval power. "At the time, the Navy was just a ragtag band of converted merchant ships. "Today, the United States Navy is the most powerful naval force anywhere in the world.  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Floor Remarks on Need to End Political Double Standards in Congressional Oversight
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on the need to end political double standards in congressional oversight: "We've heard a lot about whistleblowers in the past several weeks. "There's been an outpouring of concern for whistleblowers ever since word came out that there was a whistleblower complaint that implicates the current administration. "A lot of those on the other side of the aisle expressing support for whistleblowers, to the bes  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Floor Remarks on World Food Prize Foundation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on the World Food Prize and salute to foundation President Ken Quinn: "The World Food Prize kicks off this week in Des Moines. "Today I pay tribute to an outstanding Iowan and president of the foundation. "Ambassador Ken Quinn's life of service took him from small town Iowa to "Southeast Asia and back. "Decades ago, he identified an avenue to peace and prosperity. "As a young foreign-service officer,  more

Sen. Grassley Presses HHS on Waste in Graduate Medical Education Programs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar seeking information on Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs, how the money is spent and what oversight processes are currently in place to prevent waste, fraud and abuse of the programs. "With three separate reports by non-partisan insti  more

Sen. Grassley Presses UVA Medical Center on Tax-Exempt Obligations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today wrote to the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System regarding a recent news report in Kaiser Health News outlining its potential failure to live up to its legal obligations as a tax-exempt organization. The UVA Health System is tax-exempt and therefore must serve community health needs, provide financial ass  more

Sen. Grassley Submit Op-Ed on Legislation That Would Redesign Medicare Part D
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following op-ed on bipartisan legislation that would redesign Medicare Part D to lower costs for beneficiaries and taxpayers, which was provided to Bloomberg: It's no secret that health care is a politically divisive issue. In the past decade, national elections have been decided on it, and control of Congress has changed hands in part over it. Despite these differences, there is hope for a   more

Sen. Grassley: As 2020 Election Draws Near, Senators Seek Accounting of FBI's Use of Defensive Briefings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), respective chairmen of the Finance Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are seeking details on the FBI's procedures to brief presidential campaigns about potential threats. The FBI confirmed last year that it provided counterintelligence defensive briefings to several candidates in the run-up to the 2016 presidentia  more

Sen. Grassley: Judiciary Committee Advances Plan to Restore Access to Justice for U.S. Victims of Terrorism
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Includes Coons-Grassley amendment to hold PA accountable in U.S. courts based on martyr payments to families of terrorists * * * The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced bipartisan legislation to ensure American victims of international terrorism can seek justice in U.S. courts. The legislation builds upon the 1992 Anti-Terrorism Act authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and re  more

Sen. Grassley: State Dept.'s Clinton Server Review Found 38 Individuals Culpable for 91 Security Violations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Protocols to safeguard classified material were violated an additional 497 times * * * The U.S. State Department informed Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that it has completed its investigation into the mishandling of classified information that passed through former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unauthorized email server. The investigation revealed that 38 employees were found culpable  more

Sen. Jones Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Urging Trump To Reconsider Syria Strategy
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider his strategy to abandon our Kurdish partners and allow Turkey to invade northeastern Syria. Alongside Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sen  more

Senate Unanimously Passes Grassley-Leahy Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Legislation introduced by senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to protect whistleblowers who shine a light on unlawful anticompetitive activities passed unanimously in the Senate last night. The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act prohibits reprisal against private sector employees who provide information to the Department of Justice regarding conduct that violates the criminal   more

Senator Ernst Calls for Support of Kurdish Allies, Increased Pressure on Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- 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, continued to call for support for America's Kurdish partners and increased pressure on Turkey given recent actions in northern Syria. As someone who served in the Middle East, Senator Ernst voiced her support for working with strategic partners to continue the fight again  more

Sens. Grassley, Tester Address Farmer Suicide
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: As the only farmers currently serving in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are receiving praise from farm and mental health organizations across the country for the introduction of their Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which aims to curb the rising rate of farmer suicides in America. "Farmers are increasingly feeling the pain of sinking commodity prices, devastat  more

Sens. Grassley, Wyden Submit Op-ed on Congressional Action to Lower Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sens. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, issued the following op-ed on Congressional action to lower drug prices, which was provided to Bloomberg: It's no secret that health care is a politically divisive issue. In the past decade, national elections have been decided on it, and control of Congress has changed hands in part over it. Despite these differences, there is hope for a bipartisan agreement to lower prescription drug costs. Drug prices have be  more

Sens. Johnson, Grassley, Lee Press ICIG to Answer Questions
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; and Mike Lee (R-Utah) sent another letter to Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) Michael Atkinson on Wednesday noting that the ICIG's   more