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I spoke with Brian Fancher of KLMJ Radio in Hampton, Iowa and Nicole Presley of the Pella Chronicle about school safety, combatting the opioid crisis, the investigation of Russian political interference, the 2018 Farm Bill and tax reform.

Q&A:Tax Season 2018

Q. What are some tips for taxpayers as the 2018 tax filing season goes into the final stretch?
Q. What should taxpayers look out for to protect their personal and financial information?
Q. Where can taxpayers seek assistance if they are unable to resolve problems with the IRS?

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In my role as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ve made it a priority to advance measures to expand victims’ rights. This week, I held a hearing on the renewal and extension of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act. This bill makes resources available to victims of abuse, such as STOP grants and transitional housing. It also extends the Justice Department’s DNA backlog reduction program and makes rape victims a top priority. We must do more to help victims of violence and sexual abuse. Reauthorizing this legislation is an important part of that effort.

I joined a bipartisan group of leaders and members of the Senate Energy and Commerce and Finance Committees in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its oversight of the Medicaid drug rebate program. Misclassifications of prescription drugs for purposes of the Medicaid drug rebate may have resulted in federal and state Medicaid expenditures that were higher than they otherwise might have been. CMS must take immediate steps to correct these errors.

The Senate and House Judiciary Committees have been working in good faith for years on a compromise solution to fix the corrupt and fraud-ridden EB-5 regional center program. But this week, because of big money interests from New York and elsewhere, those reforms didn’t become law. That’s why House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and I called on the Department of Homeland Security to quickly finalize regulations that would reduce the widespread abuses of the EB-5 program.

I'm joining a delegation led by Sen. Steve Daines of Montana that includes Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, David Perdue of Georgia and Ben Sasse of Nebraska on a congressional trip to China, South Korea and the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The mission of the trip will be to discuss the United States’ position on trade, intellectual property, technology, security and human rights, as well as trade tariffs on China. 

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