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spoke with Jamie Whitney of the Buena Vista County Journal and Chris Vrba of the Pocahontas Record-Democrat about President Trump's budget proposal, health care, conservation programs and presidential appointment confirmations. 

Q&A:Tax Filing Season

Q. What tips do you have for Iowans this tax filing season?
Q. What tips do you have for Iowans worried about identity theft?
Q. Will comprehensive reform and tax simplification be ready by the next tax filing season in 2018?

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This week I presided over four days of hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch, in nearly 20 hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, showed he has a command of the law, an independent voice, and a deep sense of humility. It was a brilliant demonstration of the qualities we want in a Supreme Court justice.

In the wake of the Enron scandal, one of the biggest audit failures in American history, Congress established the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to prevent auditing deficiencies that could cost investors billions of dollars and damage our economy. I am re-introducing a bill that will bring even greater transparency and reliability to the audit oversight process at this board. With public proceedings, the bad actors would be less able to hide and continue their misdeeds.

I reintroduced a bill that would make more hearing aids available over the counter. If you can buy non-prescription reading glasses over the counter, it makes sense that you should be able to buy basic, safe hearing aids, too. The goal is that by making more products more easily available to consumers, competition will increase and lead to lower costs. 

I am seeking details on how an undocumented criminal, with a long and violent criminal record and multiple encounters with immigration officials, could be allowed not only to remain in the country, but also be granted a work permit. The man in question was recently charged in the murder of his 15-year-old stepdaughter, who was nine months pregnant with their second child. You can read my letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly here.

As a founding member of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus, I am urging the Trump Administration to re-nominate the head of the government's central whistleblower advocacy office. Carolyn Lerner, who has served one term leading the Office of Special Counsel, has a proven record of working in a nonpartisan fashion to improve government accountability and save taxpayer dollars by protecting and empowering whistleblowers.

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