IOWA CITY, IOWA (April 7, 2020) — Representative Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the US Department of Health and Human Services announced an additional round of grants for community health centers located across Iowa’s Second Congressional District. These grants come from the Health Center funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was the third piece of legislation passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 virus.

WASHINGTON DC (April 7, 2020) — Senators Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and 12 of their Senate colleagues today sent a letter to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting additional funds be allocated to the biofuel industry through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) during the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON DC (April 7, 2020) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles "Chuck" Grassley renewed his inquiries into potential wasteful and inappropriate travel spending at the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), specifically seeking full and complete answers to prior questions about multiple trips to Hawaii.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 7, 2020) — April is nationally recognized as Autism Awareness Month, and State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is taking this opportunity to shine light on Iowa's Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) plan, IAble. As a tax-advantaged savings plan for individuals with disabilities, IAble allows eligible individuals to save for qualified expenses related to living with a disability without the risk of losing eligibility for federal benefits.

WASHINGTON DC (April 7, 2020) — A group of policy leaders in both the US Senate and House of Representatives are seeking an inspector general review of the use of psychotropic and antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities across the United States. The request rises out of decades-old concerns that there are insufficient safeguards in place to protect against the unnecessary or inappropriate prescription of these drugs.

WASHINGTON DC (April 6, 2020) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E Neal (D-MA) called for an expedited investigation to identify the products that may be needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 6, 2020) — Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional closures and relaxing additional regulations to support the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19. The proclamation also calls on law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of these mitigation efforts. Gov Reynolds discussed the new proclamation at her 11:00 a.m. press conference.

PELLA, IOWA (April 6, 2020) — Leslie Duinink, registrar and class dean at Central College, has been appointed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to the Iowa Board of Chiropractic.

The Iowa Board of Chiropractic evaluates the qualifications of applicants for licensure and grants licenses to those who qualify. It also establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensed chiropractors and investigates complaints for unprofessional conduct.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 6, 2020) — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 83 additional positive cases for a total of 868 positive cases. There have been an additional 519 negative tests for a total of 9,973 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. An additional 8 deaths were reported to IDPH.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 6, 2020) — On April 4, Governor Kim Reynolds received word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that more than $44 million has been obligated to the State of Iowa for reimbursement of expenses related to the COVID-19 response.