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spoke with KIIC radio in Albia and the Eldora newspapers about the Iowa State Fair, an inquiry I sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding the suicide of a Davenport veteran, reports of the VA's spending $20 million on art in the last decade and Zika funding.

Weekly Republican Address

I delivered the Weekly Republican Address. My remarks focused on the bipartisan work of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The approach I’ve taken with the committee comes straight from the common sense nature of Iowans. We’ve been able to make meaningful progress on good ideas from senators on both sides of the aisle. It’s a formula for representative government that puts us to work for you. To read the text of my remarks, click here. To watch the remarks, click here.

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I’m asking the Department of Housing and Urban Development to explain its policies for allowing wanted fugitive felons to live in public housing after a report suggested the agency takes a weaker approach than federal law requires.

Staff from my Waterloo and Sioux City offices will hold open office hours at locations across northeastern and northwestern Iowa and will be available to take questions, comments and concerns about federal issues from Iowans.

I’m continuing to pursue solutions to the problem of humiliating social media posts of nursing home residents by nursing home workers. Following my call for the federal government to take action where appropriate, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services put out a detailed memo to nursing home safety inspectors explaining that social media exploitation is a prohibited form of abuse.

Legislation I introduced to help ensure that historically significant films and sound recordings are preserved for the benefit of generations of Iowans was signed into law.

The Obama Administration announced that it will make it easier for scientists to access marijuana for research and leave the scheduling of marijuana unchanged. I've worked with Sen. Dianne Feinstein to help persuade federal agencies to conduct a scientific and medical analysis of cannabidiol, a component of marijuana under consideration to treat severe epilepsy and other conditions, to see if there is a scientific basis to change its schedule. 

sought a review from the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to review the circumstances of a veteran’s recent suicide in Iowa. The agency confirmed that an investigation has been launched.

I’m concerned that Medicare may be steering beneficiaries to mail order firms rather than brick and mortar pharmacies for their diabetes testing supplies. I wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking answers. A pharmacist in Decorah brought this to my attention.

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