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Phillips announces candidacy for special election before former opponent’s funeral

Phillips announces candidacy for special election before former opponent’s funeral

Reached by phone, the day before Landon’s funeral, Andrea Phillips confirmed to Iowa Field Report she would be running. Phillips has run twice to represent the 37th. Once in 2016 and again in 2020, losing to Landon each time.

When asked what had changed in the eight months that had passed since her most recent loss, besides the death of her two-time opponent, Phillips cited the GOP “monopoly” in the state.

Let’s Put the Brakes on the Boondoggles

Let’s Put the Brakes on the Boondoggles

To date, this very same project has received $225 million from the federal government—a fraction of the $1.7 billion requested from the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete the subway extension. And if that wasn’t enough, the price of the project has ballooned to nearly $6.9 billion and it’s already three to four years behind schedule with construction expected to begin next year. The extension will likely dig the subway system, expected to lose as much as $200 million over the next decade, even deeper into the hole.

Red Flag: Mathis Used State Position To Obtain Tax Breaks For Client Of Her Family-Owned Business

Red Flag: Mathis Used State Position To Obtain Tax Breaks For Client Of Her Family-Owned Business

On a press call this morning, the Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann called on Mathis to reveal any other sweetheart deals she may have handed out, saying:

“Iowans know, Liz Mathis’ shady business dealings don’t pass the smell test. It’s time Mathis finally be transparent with voters and shine some light on what other sweetheart deals she was handing out. Mathis’ efforts to hide this important information was overt and undeniable.”

Grassley Reaching Across Party Lines To Combat Fraud

Grassley Reaching Across Party Lines To Combat Fraud

“The False Claims Act has clearly been the best tool to fight fraud against the government and recover lost taxpayer dollars. Tens of billions of dollars have been returned to the federal treasury since my updates of 35 years ago. The legislation we introduced today will help recoup even more money by clarifying confusion after the Escobar case,” said Grassley. 

Hinson Launches Grassroots Voter Contact Operation

Hinson Launches Grassroots Voter Contact Operation

The volunteer turnout at this morning’s event (notably in the summer of the off-year) was worth a double-take. Hinson feels strongly that it was the volunteers, with their passion and dedication, that she was able to flip IA-01 from blue to red in 2020, and they were clearly energized this weekend to help re-elect her in 2022 and help Republicans take back the House. .

Hiring Veterans is Good for Our Country and Our Businesses

Hiring Veterans is Good for Our Country and Our Businesses

In Congress, I have introduced several bills to help our veterans gain meaningful employment. The VET TEC Enhancement Act that we introduced in April increases the allotted amount authorized to be appropriated for the highly popular VET TEC pilot program of the Department of Veterans Affairs that allows veterans to attend innovative job training programs to prepare them for future employment in the IT industry. The VET TEC Enhancement Act passed the U.S. House in May, and I am optimistic that this bipartisan piece of legislation will be considered in a timely manner as it enters the U.S. Senate. 

Passing Policies to Support Our Rural Communities

Passing Policies to Support Our Rural Communities

Recently, the House passed two critical pieces of legislation that I ushered through the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. The first aims to prevent intellectual property theft by barring government-funded researchers from participating in projects that are run by malign countries like China and North Korea. One report published by the National Bureau of Asian Research found that Chinese intellectual property theft costs American taxpayers up to $600 billion per year. By taking necessary steps to protect our copyrights, patents, and trademarks, my proposal also saves your hard-earned tax dollars.