WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that it is seeking applicants for the Youth Preparedness Council, which brings together teens from across the country who are interested and engaged in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for preparedness.

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack will have a member of his staff in Clinton and Scott Counties for open office hours. Jared Mullendore, Loebsack’s District Representative, will be at the following locations. Mullendore will be on hand to work with individuals who are having difficulty with a government agency, have suggestions for Dave, or would just like to share their concerns. Members of the public are invited to attend.

WASHINGTON – In their continued efforts to secure the previously authorized funding for the Cedar Rapids flood mitigation project, U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Congressman Rod Blum sent a letter to Lieutenant General of the Army Corps of Engineers Todd Semonite and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James requesting further information on how the Army Corps makes certain project funding decisions.

SPRINGFIELD (Jan. 26, 2018) – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:

Bill No.: SB 332

An Act Concerning Regulation

Action: Vetoed

Note: Veto Message Below

Bill No.: SB 1322

An Act Concerning Regulation

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

            Veto Message for SB 332

            January 26, 2018

(DES MOINES) – Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, along with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp, attended the White House Conference on Rural Prosperity on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. They were joined by Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and numerous other administration officials.

Azar is respected by both Republicans and Democrats, and his service makes him well qualified for this new role

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement on today’s confirmation of Alex Azar to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Illinois – (Jan. 25, 2018) The U.S. Army Garrison Rock Island Arsenal Directorate of Public Works will close the Government Bridge to vehicular traffic to perform repair work for two three-day intervals.

The first closure will begin on Monday, Jan. 29, at 8:30 a.m. and last through Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.

The second closure will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 8:30 a.m. and last through Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.

Federal Homelessness Assistance Funding to Benefit Iowans in Need

(DES MOINES) –The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that Iowa has been awarded more than $9.1 million in federal funds to support homelessness assistance initiatives through the Continuum of Care (CoC) program.

Funding Supports Schools, Libraries, Municipal Centers, First Responder Vehicles and Equipment, Other Community Needs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA invested in nearly 400 projects to provide essential services for more than 7 million people in rural areas across the country in Fiscal Year 2017.

More than 30 distinguished speakers and storytellers will host over 150 Bicentennial events statewide throughout 2018  

EDWARDSVILLE, IL (Jan. 12, 2018) — The Governor’s Office of the Illinois Bicentennial and Illinois Humanities today announced a yearlong partnership: The Bicentennial Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.  The announcement was made at the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities in Edwardsville.