Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 22

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The House continued to work toward adjournment this week as we considered the last remaining budget bill, the Standings Appropriations bill, on the House floor. That being said, most of the budget bills will now be discussed in conference committee, where the House and Senate conferees will seek compromise on the differences between our proposals.

Included in the Standings bill are a number of important policy items that we continue to work on this session. By maintaining a responsible budget and commonsense policy initiatives, this bill strengthens Iowa’s middle class, increases public safety across our state, and protects Iowa taxpayers.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – May 21

newsletter thumbnailA new May 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 5-21-2015

In this edition:

  • Avian Influenza Strikes Ten More Flocks in Past Week
  • House Committee Passes FY17 School Funding
  • House Republicans Continue Fight for 2nd Amendment Protection
  • Department of Public Safety Forms Child Abduction Response Team
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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, May 20

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 15

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As we continue on the path toward adjournment for this legislative session, our focus remains on passing a sustainable, responsible, and balanced state budget. Most appropriations bills are being considered in conference committees, where the House and Senate will work together to seek compromise on the differences between our proposals.

This week the House debated the Health and Human Services appropriations bill on the floor. This budget provides funding for programs like Medicaid, mental health care, services for troubled youth, help for our seniors and veterans, and job opportunities for Iowans with intellectual disabilities. This is a $2.3 billion budget with another $4.5 billion coming from federal dollars.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – May 14

newsletter thumbnailA new May 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 5-14-2015

In this edition:

  • Senate Standings Proposal Released
  • 49 Instances of Avian Influenza in Iowa as of May 12th
  • More Schools Chosen for Teacher Leadership Program
  • House Republicans Continue Fight Against Synthetic Drugs
  • House and Senate Differences on RIIF
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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, May 13

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Freshman Legislators Reflect on Their First Sessions

Rep. Terry Baxter

Rep. Zach Nunn

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, May 12

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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The Paulsen Perspective: Living Within Our Means

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“Cavalier reliance on using surplus money simply because it’s there is unwise fiscal practice and could create bigger budget problems for the state down the road.”

That statement is from an editorial from the Sioux City Journal posted this week. You can read the entire article here.

The editorial does a good job of highlighting what House Republicans have been saying all along — it is important to Iowans that we do not spend more than we have and live within our means.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 8

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April showers have continued into the month of May. Despite the scattered rain, I hope you have been able to find some time to enjoy the warmer temperatures and new greenery that is springing up across our state.

This week the House passed legislation that strengthens Iowa’s middle class and helps retain and attract young families.

HF 631 will help Iowans interested in purchasing their first home, save money in order to do so. The bill establishes a new homebuyers savings account that will help first-time homebuyers save money for a down payment.

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