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Pandemic Response, Pandemic Preparation

By: Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs and Anand Shah, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs Over the past year, we’ve seen first-hand the devastation and turmoil wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic; the unparalleled economic and personal tragedies inflicted on families and communities across the nation. We’ve also had the […]

Congresswoman Miller-Meeks’ Statement Upon Being Sworn Into Congress

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks issued the following statement today upon her swearing in as a member of the 117th United States Congress: “I am humbled and honored to have taken the oath of office as Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District representative and I wish my predecessor, Congressman Dave Loebsack, well in his future endeavors. […]

Trump Administration has honored Native cultures

Originally Published by the Santa Fe New Mexican By: Tara Katuk Sweeney, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs In 1891, Swedish archaeologists conducted excavations of cultural artifacts belonging to the tribes culturally connected to the Mesa Verde region, removing ancestral remains and funerary artifacts from their resting places in southwestern Colorado. These sacred artifacts were on […]

Trump Administration Grants Gold Star Families and Military Veterans Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands Starting Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On behalf of the Trump Administration and in support of America’s military members and families, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed Secretary’s Order 3387 at the Iowa Gold Star Museum in October, announcing that Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will be granted free access to national parks, national […]

Trump Administration Provides 5th Grade Students with Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands

DES MOINES, Iowa —  While at Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed a Secretary’s Order that waives entrance fees to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters managed by the Department of the Interior for 5th grade students and their families from now until […]

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 […]


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