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I spoke with Scott Voorhees on KFAB radio in Omaha about my memory of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  

Q&A: Constitution Day

Q. Why do you encourage Iowans to celebrate Constitution Day?
What constitutional issues resonate in the daily lives of Americans today?

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Iowans Peter Deegan, Jr. and Marc Krickbaum were confirmed by a unanimous, bipartisan voice vote to serve as U.S. Attorneys for Iowa. The overwhelming bipartisan support for their nominations from the U.S. Senate is an impressive testament to their qualifications and readiness to serve. Mr. Deegan, who will now serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, most recently served as the office's criminal division chief. Mr. Krickbaum most recently served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago and Des Moines and will be the next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.

Human traffickers prey on vulnerable people in communities across the country, right under our noses, even in Iowa. The Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation I introduced to help bring greater assistance to victims of human trafficking and to streamline the response of federal law enforcement to this terrible crime. I look forward to action in the House of Representatives soon.

I re-introduced comprehensive legislation to improve customer service at the IRS, create new taxpayer protections and update and strengthen existing taxpayer protections. Taxpayers shouldn’t be at a disadvantage with an agency that has tremendous power over their money. The IRS has to answer taxpayers’ questions, protect their privacy and help people meet their tax obligations with fairness and respect.

The International Narcotics Control Caucus, which I chair, held a hearing on adapting U.S. counternarcotics efforts in Colombia. I introduced legislation that modernizes criminal money laundering laws, updates counterfeiting statutes, enhances tools to crack down on smugglers and tax cheats SPACE ADDED and promotes transparency in the U.S. financial system. More than 90 percent of the cocaine found on the streets of the United States comes from Colombia, so a strong counternarcotics program in Colombia is vital to the security of our country. 

Along with a bipartisan group of my colleagues, I'm urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to work with the Brazilian government to end a recently reinstated tariff on ethanol imports. International trade should be fair and not put U.S. industry or American workers at a disadvantage. 

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