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FDA Takes Actions to Help Lower U.S. Prescription Drug Prices

Final Rule, Guidance Fulfill Plan for Safe Importation of Certain Drugs Originally Intended for Foreign Markets Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took actions to help provide safe, effective, and more affordable drugs to American patients as part of the Safe Importation Action Plan, fulfilling […]

Loebsack Honored with National Service Leadership Award from America’s Service Commissions

Named 2020 Friend of America’s Service Commissions Washington, D.C. – At a recent virtual awards ceremony hosted by America’s Service Commissions (ASC), it was announced that Congressman Dave Loebsack was named a 2020 Friend of America’s Service Commissions. The awards program is held each year to recognize the leadership and accomplishments of state service commissions […]

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Joins with CFTC to Charge Precious Metals Dealers in $185 Million Scheme Targeting Elderly Investors

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Insurance Commissioner announced today the participation in a consolidated nationwide enforcement action to halt a fraudulent precious metals scheme that has solicited $185 million from at least 1,600 seniors and other investors. The Iowa Insurance Commissioner announced today that he has joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and 29 […]

FDA Achieves Key Milestone, Finalizes Framework That Will Resume Shellfish Trade with Europe for the First Time in 10 Years

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a molluscan shellfish equivalence determination for two European Union (EU) Member States, Spain and the Netherlands. “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone that will resume trade in shellfish between the U.S. and the EU for the first time since 2010. These actions reflect key strategic international engagement […]

Governor Reynolds formally requests expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds formally requested an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa communities and counties that have been severely impacted by the devastating derecho storm that occurred on Monday, August 10th, 2020. “From cities to farms, Iowans are hurting, many still have challenges with shelter, food, and power. Resilience is in […]

Grassley Praises U.S. Department of Commerce Investing $13.1 Million in CARES Act Funding to Help Small Businesses Across Iowa Respond to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today praised U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announcement that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $13.1 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs that have been adversely […]

Loebsack Praises House Passage of Legislation to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

Bill contains Loebsack priorities, including funding for expanded broadband access, bus transit, building energy efficient schools Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today praised House passage of HR 2, the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive infrastructure bill that includes key investments toward our surface transportation, broadband, and public education infrastructure. “It’s all too clear for […]

Loebsack Announces Funds for Area 15 Regional Planning Commission Based in Ottumwa

Washington D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission based in Ottumwa will receive $192,500 for regional economic development planning. The Area 15 Regional Planning Commission is comprised of Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, and Wapello counties. The funds come from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Partnership Planning […]

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency until June 25, 2020. As previously announced, the proclamation permits bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and social and fraternal clubs may reopen on May 28 with the same public health measures as restaurants in place. The proclamation also permits the […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Provides Promised Transparency for Antibody Tests

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a list of antibody tests that are being removed from the “notification list” of tests being offered under the Policy for Coronavirus Disease-2019 Tests During the Public Health Emergency. Antibody tests on this new removal list include those voluntarily withdrawn from the notification list by the test’s […]


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