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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday November 10, 2019 ( 37 items )  

Ahead of Veterans Day, Senator Ernst Honors Men and Women Who Served
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran who served in the armed forces for over 23 years, spoke today on the Senator floor to honor our nation's veterans ahead of Veterans Day 2019. Senator Ernst highlighted the story of Iowa veteran Glenn McDole, who, after being held as a prisoner of war in World War II, continued to serve his state in the Iowa State Patrol and Polk County Sheriff's Office. Ernst also   more

Axne, Bipartisan House Freshmen Push Democratic Leadership to Delay Health Insurance Tax
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - A tax on health insurance is scheduled to go into effect in 2020 * * * U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), along with 50 bipartisan new members of the House of Representatives, sent a letter regarding their concerns about the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). The tax, which is scheduled to go into effect for 2020 and 2021, would increase health insurance premiums for families, seniors, and state Medicaid markets.  more

Bipartisan Bill to Support Transformation of Child Welfare Systems Introduced in House and Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, issued the following news release: Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis, and Ranking Member Jackie Walorski today in introducing the Family First Transition Act to help states transform their child welfare systems and keep more children safely at home, instead of pla  more

Counterfeits Pose Significant Economic & Safety Threat Report Finds
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Improved information sharing between CBP, shippers & sellers is critical to combatting counterfeits * * * Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released a bipartisan committee report studying counterfeit goods sold online and their effect on U.S. businesses and consumers. The report found that improved information sharing between U  more

Dubuque to Receive Grant From U.S. Department of Transportation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced Dubuque County will receive a $5,452,023.00 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. The grant money is approved for use on several repairs and improvements in Dubuque. "Our roads, highways, and bridges are critical to ensuring our communities continue to thrive," Congresswoma  more

Ernst Calls Out Democrats on Senate Floor for Putting Politics Before Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse Survivors
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Ernst says that Democrats, after months of working closely with her on a bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), abruptly halted their discussions because of election year politics * * * U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a survivor and an outspoken leader on the issue of combatting domestic violence and sexual assault, took to the Senate floor today to call out her Democratic   more

Ernst Completes 99 County Tour for 2019
MUSCATINE, Iowa, Nov. 4 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Over the last year, Ernst held 35 public town halls, made dozens of visits to local small businesses, health care centers, farms, and manufacturers, and spoke directly with thousands of Iowans across the state * * * With the conclusion of her 35th public town hall this year on Saturday, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) officially wrapped up her 99 County Tour for 2019, marking the fifth time she's co  more

Ernst Demands Answers From VA After Report Shows Uptick in Suicide Rates
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - The senator, a veteran herself, is requesting an update from the VA on their suicide prevention efforts * * * U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and a steadfast advocate for Iowa veterans, is requesting an update from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on their suicide prevention efforts in response to a report (https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/data-sheets/2019/2019_National_Veter  more

Finkenauer and Horn Lead Letter to Leadership Urging Extension of Key Biofuels Tax Incentives
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - 40 House Democrats send letter to Speaker Pelosi and House Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal * * * Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-05) led a Democratic caucus letter to House leadership urging action on extension of the biodiesel tax credit. Specifically, the lawmakers are asking for extensions of the biodiesel, alternative fuel vehicle refueling prop  more

Following 'Alarming' Reports of Sexual Misconduct at the VA, Capito, Ernst Call for Information to Be Brought Forward
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: In light of alarming reports detailing incidents of sexual assault and harassment at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a combat veteran, called on officials to quickly bring information forward to identify gaps in the VA's policies, to prevent the reoccurrence of such incidents, and to hold perpetrators accountable. In  more

Grassley Seeks Details on Administrative Sanctions for Deliberate Mishandling of Classified Information on Clinton Server
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Letter also asks whether Clinton & Obama emails were part of security review * * * Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is seeking information on what administrative steps were taken to hold accountable officials who mishandled sensitive and classified information that transited former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unauthorized email server. Following a multi-year administrative review, the  more

Grassley to Host Veterans History Project Event Nov. 8 in Marshalltown
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley will be hosting a Library of Congress "Veterans History Project" event in honor of Veterans Day for the second year in a row. The event will take place on November 8, 2019, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Grassley will be present at 3:15 p.m. CT for a short presentation. "Iowa has a rich history of service members fighting on behalf of our count  more

Grassley, Brown Introduce Legislation to Provide Stable Housing for Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, introduced legislation to help provide stable housing options for foster care youth transitioning to adulthood. "Unfortunately, foster youth who age out of care are oftentimes extremely vulnerable to homelessness or unstable h  more

Grassley, Wyden Named 2019 Champions of Retirement Security
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today honored Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) with the organization's "Champion of Retirement Security" award for leadership to advance legislative solutions to address the nation's looming retirement crisis by helping Americans save more for retirement. "Committing to saving for future needs is difficu  more

Grassley, Wyden Named 2019 Champions of Retirement Security
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today honored Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) with the organization's "Champion of Retirement Security" award for leadership to advance legislative solutions to address the nation's looming retirement crisis by helping Americans save more for retirement. "Committing to savin  more

Grassley-Supported Resolution Designating National Veterans Small Business Week Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate today passed a bipartisan resolution authored by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) designating the week of November 4 through 8, 2019 as National Veterans Small Business Week. This resolution recognizes the more than 2,500,000 veteran-owned small businesses across the United States that generate $1.1 trillion in business receipts every year. "  more

Iowa Leaders Call on EPA to Uphold RFS, Provide Certainty for Iowa Farmers, Producers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), along with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed supplemental rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The three Iowa leaders have a clear, consistent message for EPA Administrator Wheeler: uphold the RFS and provide certainty to Iowa farmers and biofuels producers that 15 billio  more

Iowa Leaders to EPA: Uphold RFS, Provide Certainty for Iowa Farmers, Producers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Ernst and Grassley, along with Governor Reynolds, comment on EPA's proposed supplemental rule on the RFS * * * U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, have submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their proposed supplemental rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The three Iowa leaders have a clear, con  more

Johnson, Grassley Call for State Department to Release Documents on Hunter Biden and Burisma
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday seeking answers to questions regarding the way a consulting firm hired by Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company, appears to have used Hunter's Biden's role on   more

Leahy, Grassley Reintroduce Patents for Humanity Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Codify Program That Encourages And Rewards Use Of Patented Technology To Tackle Humanitarian Needs * * * Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Thursday reintroduced the Patents for Humanity Act of 2019. Their bipartisan bill encourages and rewards the use of patented technology to address humanitarian needs. Patents for Humanity is the United States Patent an  more

Leahy, Grassley Reintroduce Patents for Humanity Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reintroduced the Patents for Humanity Act of 2019. The bipartisan bill encourages and rewards the use of patented technology to address humanitarian needs. Patents for Humanity is the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) awards competition which recognizes innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian chal  more

Rep. Axne Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Apprenticeship Programs
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Last week, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), helped introduce the Leveraging Effective Apprenticeships to Rebuild National Skills (LEARNS) Act. The LEARNS Act would increase the number of skilled workers in the United States and strengthen registered apprenticeship programs as an effective earn-and-learn model for students, workers, and employers. "I want to see every Iowan with the skills they need to compete in t  more

Sen. Cornyn Issues Statement on Democrats Walking Away From Negotiations to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, issued the following statement after Senate Democrats walked away from negotiations to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced her intent to introduce legislation to extend the law: "I'm grateful to Senator Ernst for her leadership and to the rest of my colleagues who have negotiated in good faith with our Democratic colleagues to extend this critical law. "Unfortunately, the other side of the aisle once  more

Sen. Ernst Blasts Democrats for Blocking Military Funding
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the first female combat veteran elected to the U.S. Senate and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, blasted her Democratic colleagues who blocked a measure simply allowing a debate on defense funding. On the floor of the Senate, she called on Democrats to put politics aside and to uphold one of the most important duties of the oat  more

Sen. Ernst: 'Boondoggles Beware!'
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate committee approves Ernst bill to expose boondoggles that are billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule * * * U.S. Senator Joni Ernst's Billion Dollar Boondoggle Act, which exposes government projects that have become money pits for taxpayer dollars, was approved unanimously today by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. "Boondoggles beware," Senator   more

Sen. Ernst: Democrats Need to Stop the Antics, Focus on National Security
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), who served in the military for over 23 years, today continued to highlight the need to fund our armed forces. Senator Ernst reflected on the ruck march she participated in last Sunday with the Officer Candidate School in Camp Dodge, Iowa--some of the best and brightest of Iowa's young men and women who have chosen to become officers in the Iowa Army National Guard. Ernst recalled   more

Sen. Ernst: Following 'Alarming' Reports of Sexual Misconduct at the VA, Senators Call for Information to Be Brought Forward
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Sens. Ernst and Capito are demanding answers from the VA to prevent the reoccurrence of sexual misconduct and to hold perpetrators accountable * * * In light of alarming reports detailing incidents of sexual assault and harassment at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) are calling on officials to quickly bring  more

Sen. Fischer: Midwest Senators Submit Comments on EPA's Supplemental Rule on RFS Deal
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), each submitted comments to the Federal Register regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) supplemental rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In individual letters to EPA Administrator Wheeler, the senators expressed con  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks on U.S. International Trade Commission Awards Day
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following remarks at the U.S. International Trade Commission Awards Day: "Thank you for inviting me here today. I appreciate the opportunity to speak with the employees here at the International Trade Commission and help celebrate your annual awards day. "I especially appreciate the invite from Chairman Johanson. I've known him for quite a while. David was an excellent staffer for me on the Finance Committee and I'm glad he has  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Nov. 6, on prescription drug costs: Oh boy, I have had to scratch my head upon hearing some criticism of the Finance Committee's Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act from supposedly fiscally conservative, pro-taxpayer organizations, to mention a couple, like FreedomWorks and Americans for Tax Reform. The Grassley-Wyden bipartisan bill ought to have a lot of  more

Sen. Grassley: Bipartisan Bill to Support Transformation of Child Welfare Systems Introduced in House and Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis, and Ranking Member Jackie Walorski today introduced the Family First Transition Act to help states transform their child welfare systems and keep more children safely at home, instead of placing them in fos  more

Sen. Grassley: Bipartisan Bill to Support Transformation of Child Welfare Systems Introduced in House and Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis, and Ranking Member Jackie Walorski today introduced the Family First Transition Act to help states transform their child welfare systems and keep more children safely at home, instead of placing them in foster care. This legislation wi  more

Sen. Grassley: Counterfeits Pose Significant Economic & Safety Threat Report Finds
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: * * * - Improved information sharing between CBP, shippers & sellers is critical to combatting counterfeits * * * Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released a bipartisan committee report studying counterfeit goods sold online and their effect on U.S. businesses and consumers. The report found that improved   more

Sen. Wyden Issues Statement on Legislation to Rein in President Trump's Tariff Authority
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the status of legislation to limit President Trump's tariff authority under Section 232, in response to a speech by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa: "I share the chairman's goal of legislation to discipline Donald Trump's erratic use of trade authorities that could gain overwhelming bipartisan support, and I look forward to working toward that goal. "As o  more

Sen. Young Letter Urges Resolution to Looming Pension Crisis Threatening Hoosiers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee members, including Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), to encourage their continued efforts to resolve to the looming multiemployer pension crisis and restore financial security to Hoosiers. The Central States Pension Fund is the lar  more

Sens. Johnson, Grassley Call for State Department to Release Documents on Hunter Biden and Burisma
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- 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, and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday seeking answers to questions regarding the way a consulting firm hired by Burisma Holdings,   more

Show Me the Money, Axne Seeks Answers From 8 Federal Agencies on Disaster Funding
WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Despite additional funding money given by Congress in June, Iowans haven't seen much of it * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) sent letters to eight different Federal agencies, requesting detailed information about where Congressionally allocated disaster relief funding has been spent, and how much has gone to Iowa. She requested each agency outline how to apply for their disaster funding in the  more