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Congratulations to Bill Northey for being sworn-in as Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I cannot think of anyone more passionate or better equipped to ensure America’s farm programs are properly administered than Undersecretary Northey.

Q&A: Baltic Allies & Russia Sanctions 

Q. Why does Baltic sovereignty matter?
Q. What is the United States doing to stop Russia’s aggressive foreign?

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I joined Senator Ernst and Iowa Representatives Young, Blum, Leobsack and King in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to consider the consequences of imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that could harm Iowa’s farmers and manufacturers. I'm disappointed that the tariffs were applied, as it could strain relationships with reliable trading partners and be detrimental to the nation’s economic success. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which I chair, scheduled a hearing to take place on March 14, 2018, to focus on the tragic shooting that occurred in Parkland, Florida. You can watch that hearing live on the Senate Judiciary Committee's Facebook page. I’ve introduced my own legislation and joined other bipartisan legislative measures to improve school safety and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands, including: 

  • Senator Hatch’s bill that would fund school security improvements and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens; 
  • Senator Alexander's bill that would allocate federal dollars for school counselors, alarm systems, security cameras and crisis intervention training; 
  • Senator Cornyn's bill that would require federal agencies to report relevant information to the NICS database. 

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and I wrote a letter urging our colleagues to allocate funding for the needs of children in the foster care system who have been impacted by parental substance abuse. Substance abuse by a parent is the second leading cause of children entering foster care. The opioid and drug overdose crisis has had devastating impacts on communities and families across our nationInvesting in prevention and treatment will help reduce the number of children and families affected by this epidemic.

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