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spoke with Mike Peterson of KMA Radio and Tom Cullen of the Storm Lake Times about the Army Corps of Engineers' flawed evaluation methods for flood mitigation projects in Iowa, the Conservation Reserve Program, EpiPen costs and Mylan's settlement for overcharging taxpayers, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack's comments on the need for state legislation addressing Iowa's water quality, and the Survivors' Bill of Rights, which codifies rights for sexual assault victims.

Q&A: College Tuition

Q. What do you tell Iowans who worry about student debt?

Q. How else are you working to address college affordability?

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I pressed the Department of Justice for details on the reported $465 million settlement with Mylan for overcharges to the taxpayers for EpiPens. The few details that have come forward about the settlement, announced by Mylan last Friday, raise questions about whether the taxpayers are getting adequate compensation for the overcharges and whether steps are being taken to prevent this from happening again. I also outlined what I’m working on to help drive down prescription drug costs.

It appears that the budget prioritization process of the Army Corps of Engineers may be biased against smaller cities and towns. The Corps' methods have led to the downgrading of flood control projects in Iowa, putting Iowans and their homes and businesses at risk. Senator Ernst and I wrote to the Corps demanding an explanation for this flawed policy.

I called on the Treasury Department to provide better oversight of a $9.6 billion program intended to help homeowners who suffered during the housing crisis. A recent audit showed that a Nevada state agency had engaged in "widespread waste and abuse" of the program, taking taxpayer money from the homeowners who actually needed it.

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