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GOP: Meet Rachel

April 14, 2017
GOP: Meet Rachel

Meet Rachel We’ve finally had some nice weather and farmers will soon be headed out to the fields for planting. When farmers head back to the fields, that’s normally a good indication that our work in Des Moines is coming to an end.  That continues to hold true this year. We are wrapping up the…

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GOP: Advancing a Responsible Budget

April 7, 2017
GOP: Advancing a Responsible Budget

Advancing a Responsible Budget The 100th day of the legislative session is soon approaching and I’m hopeful that we can still complete our work on time.  With many policy discussions concluded, our attention will be focused on the budget as we begin to wrap up the 2017 session. This week the House and Senate released…

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GOP: Moving Forward

March 31, 2017
GOP: Moving Forward

Moving Forward The second legislative funnel deadline has passed which has narrowed our list of bills that remain eligible this session.  With many policy discussions resolved, our attention will be focused on the budget as we work to complete our business on time this session. This week the Governor released his revisions to next year’s…

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GOP: Broadening the Conversation

March 24, 2017
GOP: Broadening the Conversation

Broadening the Conversation Only about three weeks remain for this year’s session so our focus will soon turn to the state budget.  Budget chairs have already begun their work reviewing the various programs and line items in their budgets. For years, conversations about our education system have been confined to how much more money we’re…

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GOP: Opportunities and Challlenges

March 17, 2017
GOP: Opportunities and Challlenges

Opportunities and Challenges Our work to enact policies that move Iowa forward continued this week as we spent many hours on the floor in debate.  We passed several bills this week that will benefit the majority of Iowans and make our state a great place to raise a family or grow a business.  Here are…

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GOP: Acting Boldly

March 10, 2017
GOP: Acting Boldly

Acting Boldly We had a great week in the Iowa Legislature this week.  We continue to act boldly, passing positive reforms and getting the important work of Iowans done.  We’re keeping our promise to Iowa voters to shake things up in Des Moines and challenge the status quo. This week we passed three major pieces…

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GOP: Iowa House Republicans 2017-03-03 13:41:27

March 3, 2017
GOP: Iowa House Republicans 2017-03-03 13:41:27

Funnel Week is Here! We have reached the first funnel of the session.  The legislative “funnel” is a deadline that requires House bills to be approved by at least one House committee to remain eligible for consideration, and vice versa in the Senate.  It’s our way to winnow down the issues that have support and…

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GOP: Funnel Week Approaching

February 24, 2017
GOP: Funnel Week Approaching

Funnel Week Approaching With funnel week fast approaching, committee work took the focus this week to make sure that key legislation continues to stay alive.  The legislative “funnel” is a rule that requires bills to receive approval from at least one committee to remain eligible for consideration.  If a bill fails to advance out of…

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GOP: A Win for Taxpayers

February 17, 2017
GOP: A Win for Taxpayers

A Win for Taxpayers Members worked hard this week as we debated reforms to the state’s collective bargaining laws.  On Thursday afternoon, both the House and Senate passed House File 291 and sent it the Governor, where we expect him to sign the bill into law. These much needed reforms will restore balance to Iowa’s…

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GOP: Rebalancing the Scales

February 10, 2017
GOP: Rebalancing the Scales

Rebalancing the Scales We fulfilled our commitment last week of setting Supplemental State Aid within the first 30 days of session.  This provides school districts with the certainty they need to begin planning their budgets for next school year.  Thank you to the Senate and the Governor for their shared commitment in getting this done…

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