Secretary Perdue Statement on Release of 2018 Farm Bill

by USDA Office of Communications

(Washington, D.C., April 12, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement on the release of the 2018 Farm Bill:

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds will deliver her first Condition of the State address on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Administration officials will hold a background briefing for credentialed members of the media ahead of the address. Details for the background briefing are as follows:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Administration officials hold background briefing for media at 8:15 a.m.


Illinois National Guard to Aid in Hurricane Relief

SPRINGFIELD, IL (08/31/2017) (readMedia)-- Seven Illinois National Guard Airmen and one C-130 cargo airplane from the 182nd Airlift Wing will depart for Dallas, Texas today. The Airmen are expected to support the federal Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery effort for the next 3-4 days. Members of the media who wish to report on the departure should be at the wing, 2416 S. Falcon Blvd., Peoria, Illinois 61607 by 10:45 a.m.

AccuWeather predicts Hurricane Harvey to be the most costly natural disaster in US history

AccuWeather Global Weather Center - August 30, 2017  - AccuWeather  predicts Hurricane Harvey, which has wreaked havoc in Texas, to be the most costly natural disaster in United States history.

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds took the oath of office to become Iowa’s 43rd governor. She officially became governor of Iowa at 10:06 a.m.  Below are her first remarks to Iowans as governor, as prepared for delivery.


DES MOINES – At 10:06 a.m. today, Gov. Terry Branstad resigned as governor of Iowa, marking his 8,169th day in office.

A federal district judge has dismissed in its entirety the Des Moines Water Works’ lawsuit against the Sac, Calhoun and Buena Vista drainage districts in northwest Iowa. The federal Clean Water Act claim was dismissed for lack of standing considering the drainage districts’ limited status under Iowa law.

Funeral Arrangements set for Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans

Funeral arrangements for former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans are as follows:

* Visitation will be from 12 noon-6:00 p.m. at Esterdahl Mortuary (6601-38th Avenue in Moline) on Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9.

* Funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 10, at Sacred Heart Church (1608-13th Street in Moline).

Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, who represented the 17th Congressional District from January 1983 through 2006, passed away November 5th after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Evans, who was born in 1951, graduated from Alleman High School and served in the Marines from 1969-71. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Augustana College in 1974, and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977.

Throughout his congressional career, he was lauded as a champion of organized labor and veterans. In 2010, the Navy Operational Support Center on Arsenal Island was officially renamed the Lane Evans Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center.

He won every one of his congressional campaigns, starting with his 1982 victory against Ken McMillan. His final win came in 2004, and he left Congress in 2006 due to Parkinson's disease.

Statements on the Passing of Lane Evans

Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Lane Evans:

"I was incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Lane Evans last night after his long battle with Parkinson's disease.  He left us far before his time, but will always be remembered for what he did for our nation's veterans and his strong advocacy for rural Americans.  It is an honor to represent the Iowa side of the Quad Cities that he called home."

Former U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, who served as Lane Evans' District Director for his entire tenure in Congress, said, "Lane was an extraordinary, ordinary man. Lane's legacy of a politics of purpose and principle will live on in the thousands of people he touched."

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said, "Illinois lost one of its kindest, most caring public servants with the passing of my friend and colleague, Lane Evans ... When I last visited him, I told him our friend Barack Obama still remembered his quiet courage as a Congressman ... Thank heavens for Lane Evans."

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said, "Lane Evans will be sorely missed by all those who he touched, but his legacy of service will never be forgotten."

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. Representative Lane Evans.

"Lane Evans embodied the picture of a dedicated public servant. His commitment to protecting our servicemen and women has helped thousands of returning veterans receive the treatment and care that they deserve. As a stalwart of progressive politics in the Quad Cities, his work to boost the middle class and provide a fair shot for all has impacted countless eastern Iowans. Lane was a proud Marine and was always a gentleman. Today, Ruth and I extend our deepest condolences to Representative Evans' family, friends on this tragic loss."

CHICAGO – Nov. 6, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, who represented Illinoisans in Congress for 24 years.

"Lane Evans dedicated his life to serving the people of Illinois, and I am deeply saddened by his passing.

"During his long career representing Illinois, Lane worked closely with my father in Washington. His life represents the ideal of public service. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues."

Evans, 63, had been battling Parkinson's disease. A U.S. marine who worked to help fellow servicemen affected by exposure to Agent Orange, Evans served in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois from 1982 until 2006.


GREELEY - The following local student was among 786 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during fall 2012 graduation ceremonies Dec. 14-15.

Lindsey McCalla of Moline, Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Science

For more information about spring commencement ceremonies and a profile of the class of 2012 (spring), visit


Schilling Statement on the Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling
"Illinoisans deserve policies that reduce the cost of care and improve its quality without increasing taxes"

Washington, DC - Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its ruling to uphold the President's health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in its entirety, ruling that its individual mandate is a tax:

"Like many folks throughout Illinois' 17th Congressional District I'm disappointed by today's ruling, but the fact is that the President's health care law will cost trillions of dollars while doing absolutely nothing to address the rising cost of health care," Schilling said. "The opportunity remains for folks in Washington to come together in support of policies that address the rising cost of health care and put patients and their doctors back in charge of health care decisions, without this tax.  I will continue working to roll back the harmful parts of this law so we can get health care reform done right.  We can start over and in a transparent fashion work to enact bipartisan, step-by-step reforms that guarantee folks in Illinois and throughout the country are able to access health care that is affordable, convenient, and high quality."

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, health insurance premiums continued to rise.  - while President Obama once promised that premiums would fall by an average of $2,500, but they have already risen by $2,213 during his administration.  Despite its major provisions not taking full effect until 2014, it has been estimated that the President's health care reform law has already added more than 12,000 pages of regulations and Federal Register notices.  It also creates as many as 159 new commissions, boards, and programs.  

The Administration argued repeatedly as it was working to advance the President's health care reform law that its individual mandate (which required nearly all Americans to purchase health insurance) was permissible under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, and that it wasn't a tax.  The Supreme Court ruled today, however, that the penalty a person must pay if they refuse to purchase health insurance is a tax that Congress can impose using its tax authority.  Under this ruling, the individual mandate survives as a tax, now leaving Americans with the choice between paying either higher insurance premiums or a massive tax.   

The House of Representatives has voted 30 times over the last year and a half on various proposals to repeal, defund, or dismantle the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Furthermore, five pieces of the law have been repealed or had their funding rescinded.  Click here to view Schilling's plan for quality, convenient, patient-centered, and truly affordable health care.

"True health care reform shouldn't raid Medicare, ignore the skyrocketing costs of care, limit the private sector's ability to grow jobs, and put unelected bureaucrats between patients and their doctors," Schilling said. "The time is now to work together and advance policies to save Medicare for our kids and grandkids, make care more affordable, provide the private sector with the confidence necessary to hire our unemployed friends and family, and put patients and doctors back in charge of their health care decisions."

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Braley Statement on Supreme Court Healthcare Decision

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act:

"The Supreme Court got it right today.  This decision is good news for the middle class and affordable healthcare.  It makes me think of thousands of Iowans like my nephew, Tucker.  Tucker survived a fight with liver cancer at age 2 because his family had health insurance.  But his parents lived in constant fear of losing their jobs because Tucker would be denied new insurance due to his pre-existing condition.  The healthcare reform law ended those fears -- and this decision means many other critical reforms will stay in place.

"From allowing 18,000 Iowans to stay on their parents' insurance up to age 26, to requiring insurance companies cover screenings for diseases like breast cancer, to saving Iowa seniors hundreds of dollars per year on their Medicare prescription drugs, the law's positive impact on Iowa is just beginning to be felt.

"It's not a perfect law.  That's why I'll be working to bring Republicans and Democrats together to improve it and make it better."


Branstad and Reynolds release statements on Supreme Court ruling

(DES MOINES) - Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released the following statements on the United States Supreme Court ruling of Obamacare.

Gov. Branstad:

"Today, the Supreme Court handed down a disastrous decision to uphold President Obama's destructive health care law, which means a future of higher costs, higher taxes, and increasing debt for Iowans.  The current health care system is nothing but a federal takeover and continues to exceed its budgeted amount every day.  But, as Governor Romney has said many times, no matter what may happen in Court, the American people must remain vigilant in their fight to repeal the law. Our goal is for Iowa to become the healthiest state in the country and to do so Iowans will need to take ownership of their own health to reduce health care costs and lead healthier lives."

Lt. Gov. Reynolds:

"America needs real health care reform and we need Governor Romney in Washington. Gov. Romney will enact real reforms to ensure that the future of Iowa and America as a whole can replace Obamacare with solutions that put Iowans in control of their own health care and preserve the economic future of Iowa's next generation. "

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Loebsack Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued their decision on the Affordable Care Act.

"Today's decision will bring stability and certainty to Iowans as they make critical health care choices for themselves and their families.  It maintains protections for those who have pre-existing conditions, ensures no Iowan will be denied coverage, and that young Iowans can stay on their parents' health care plans until they are 26.  Additionally, this ruling affirms that preventative care will be provided without a co-payment, and that those who lose their jobs will not lose their coverage.  It also prevents women from being charged higher premiums simply because they are female, and prohibits pregnancy from being treated as a pre-existing condition.  Further, the Medicare prescription drug donut hole will be completely closed by 2020, through reforms that are already saving our seniors $650 each this year.

"As we move forward, the bill is not perfect and I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the Affordable Care Act is enacted in a way that will reduce health care costs and help bring stability to Iowans during these difficult economic times."



Statement from Lt. Governor Simon on Supreme Court decision

CHICAGO - June 28, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act:

"The Affordable Care Act is a good law. It helps seniors, young adults and middle class Americans receive stronger, more affordable care. It promotes preventive care, such as checkups and mammograms. And it prevents insurance companies from denying care to people with pre-existing conditions or charging women more based on their gender. The Supreme Court ruling today upholds these commonsense protections and puts our country on a healthier path. In Illinois, I encourage our state leaders to use this ruling as a backdrop as we set policies to make our citizens healthier, train the next generation of health care workers, grow local food systems and find other opportunities to move our state forward."


Governor Quinn Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act

CHICAGO ­- June 28, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement hailing today's decision of the United States Supreme Court to uphold the federal Affordable Care Act.

"Today is a great day for Illinois and a great day for our country. This decision means that millions of working families across Illinois will continue to receive better healthcare.

"These historic reforms that are strengthening our healthcare system will continue to benefit young people, those with pre-existing conditions and care providers.

"We took a big step forward today as a nation and state, and I will continue to work with President Obama to help working families get the healthcare coverage they need."