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Loebsack Leads Legislation to Invest $45 Billion in Combating Opioid Epidemic
November 30, 2017
Congressman Dave Loebsack today introduced legislation to secure resources to directly combat the devastating opioid epidemic that has swept the nation. The Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act invests $45 billion into the prevention, detection, surveillance and treatment of opioid abuse. This legislation builds on the bipartisan efforts that were included in the 21st Century Cures Act to provide states with additional resources and a long-term investment in this fight. Loebsack was joined by Reps.... More
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Loebsack Statement on the EPA’s Final RFS Obligations for 2018
November 30, 2017
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final 2018 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). In today’s final announcement, the EPA kept stagnant the amount of biodiesel and conventional biofuels, like ethanol, required to be blended and chose to cut the amount of cellulosic biofuels required to be used next year. “I am pleased that the amount of conventional ethanol required to be blended was... More
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Loebsack Introduces Legislation to Provide Job Training for Veterans
November 9, 2017
Congressman Dave Loebsack today introduced legislation that builds on current public-private partnership efforts to ensure our veterans have the skills necessary to seamlessly enter the workforce after they return home. The Veterans Employment Training (VET) Act would provide grants to encourage local businesses and community colleges to offer our veterans the training needed to be successful in newly created jobs. Loebsack is a member of the Congressional Military Family Caucus and previously s... More
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Loebsack Successful in Effort to Ensure Life-saving Medical Research Continues
November 9, 2017
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after he helped lead a bipartisan push to ensure the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) remained within the Department of Defense (DOD). As part of negotiations over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), provisions were struck from the bill that were originally included in the legislation and would have halted the research. Last month, Loebsack and a group of 179 lawmakers called for the CDMRP, whic... More
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Loebsack Legislation to Create National, Coordinated Response to Diabetes Signed into Law
November 6, 2017
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after President Trump signed into law S. 920, the National Clinical Care Commission Act. Loebsack and Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) were the bipartisan cosponsors of the House version of this legislation, which passed by unanimous consent on a voice vote. This legislation will help improve and coordinate a national response to diabetes, and other metabolic and autoimmune diseases, by establishing a private-public Commission charged... More
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VIDEO: Loebsack Continues Fight for Cedar Rapids Flood Protection
November 2, 2017
Congressman Dave Loebsack today, at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, questioned Charles Alexander, the Director of Contingency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, about the delay in the construction of Cedar Rapids’ flood mitigation projects. During the hearing, Loebsack inquired about the Corps use of the benefit-cost-ratio that decides which projects will be built and places smaller communities, such as Cedar Rapids, at a disadvantage. Loebsack also called for Director Al... More
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