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I spoke with Nikki Thunder of KCHE Radio in Cherokee and Jason Brooks of the Boone News-Republican about Obamacare replacement proposals, delays in confirming the next Secretary of Agriculture, President Trump's tweets and environmental policy. 

Q&A: Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Q. What has changed recently with colorectal cancer rates among Americans?
Q. How will public awareness help improve survival rates?

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If you are in Washington, D.C., over spring break, Senator Ernst and I are hosting an open-door reception for any visiting Iowans on Wednesday, March 15. We are always glad to visit with Iowans whenever we can. My office can also help arrange Capitol building tours and visits to other sites while you are in the nation's capital. 

This week the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill I introduced that would reduce the wait time for families of fallen public safety officers who have applied for death benefits. Families of those who pay the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our communities deserve the support of a grateful nation, but too often are left in limbo. This bill should provide these families the certainty they deserve.

Sexual abuse should never be tolerated. Recent allegations of sexual abuse in amateur athletic organizations like USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo spurred the introduction of a bill that would require better oversight of these organizations and establish a structure to help victims safely report abuse. I joined Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein to introduce this bipartisan bill alongside several colleagues from both sides of the aisle. 

Small businesses feel the brunt of regulations that aren't considered carefully enough in Washington, D.C. I was glad to co-sponsor legislation this week that will make critical improvements to the regulatory rulemaking process, because reducing unnecessary burdens on our nation's small businesses helps job creation, helps employees and is something we can all agree on.

The EB-5 investor visa program is riddled with instances of fraud, abuse and potential national security vulnerabilities. This week I appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about my concerns and emphasize the need for reforms. The program will need to be reauthorized by April 28, which means we have an opportunity to bring the program in line with its original intent.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which I chair, released guidelines for the public to see the hearing for Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The guidelines can be found here for anybody wishing to attend or watch his testimony.

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