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  • Loebsack Leads Legislation to Invest $45 Billion in Combating Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Press Release on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    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.... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on the EPA’s Final RFS Obligations for 2018
    Posted in Press Release on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    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... Read more

  • Loebsack Introduces Legislation to Provide Job Training for Veterans
    Posted in Press Release on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    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... Read more

  • Loebsack Successful in Effort to Ensure Life-saving Medical Research Continues
    Posted in Press Release on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    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... Read more

  • Loebsack Legislation to Create National, Coordinated Response to Diabetes Signed into Law
    Posted in Press Release on November 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    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... Read more

  • VIDEO: Loebsack Continues Fight for Cedar Rapids Flood Protection
    Posted in Press Release on November 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    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... Read more

  • ICYMI: Loebsack Leads Effort to Ensure Life-saving Medical Research Continues
    Posted in Press Release on October 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Yesterday, Congressman Loebsack led a bipartisan group of 179 lawmakers in calling for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) to remain within the Department of Defense. The CDMRP is leading medical research into breast, lung, ovarian and pancreatic cancers, as well as finding cures for neurological diseases, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Established in 1992 by Senator Tom Harkin, the CDMRP has led to many advancements and breakthroughs in ca... Read more

  • Loebsack, House Biofuels Caucus Lead Call for Robust RFS Volumes
    Posted in Press Release on October 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after he, along with the House Biofuels Caucus, sent a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, calling for a robust amount of biofuels required to be used in the U.S. over the next year. Additionally, the letter addresses the recent EPA actions and reports indicating the agency’s intent to reduce advanced biofuel volumes and allow credits for ethanol exported overseas. Loebsack serves as a ... Read more

  • VIDEO: Sec. Perry Refuses to Walk Back Administration’s Attack on Iowa Jobs
    Posted in Press Release on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr

    In response to questions from Congressman Dave Loebsack, Energy Secretary Rick Perry refused to answer whether he believes that the Administration would continue to support renewable energy, including wind and solar. In his appearance in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Loebsack asked Perry to definitively state on-the-record the Administration’s commitment to renewable energy, including support for wind and solar energy, after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently said he wou... Read more

  • Reps. Loebsack, Jenkins Send Letter to HHS on Direct Supervision
    Posted in Press Release on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    Recently, Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-D) and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-R) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Don Wright to permanently prevent Medicare’s enforcement of unreasonable and inflexible direct supervision rules for outpatient therapy services at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other small, rural hospitals. The bipartisan letter was signed by 54 other members of the House of Representatives. “We must keep fighting to ensure all Iowans have access... Read more