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Eastern Iowa Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay Employment Taxes and Violating...

An Eastern Iowa businessman who failed to pay over employment taxes and violated the Clean Water Act by causing ethanol to be discharged into a tributary of the Maquoketa River, was sentenced today in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to 15 months in federal prison, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Sean R. Berry of the Northern District of Iowa

Grassley Joins Colleagues in Encouraging Obama Administration to Abandon Proposed Estate Tax Regulations

Led by U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, 41 Senate Republicans today wrote to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew encouraging the Treasury Department to abandon proposed regulations that would significantly increase the estate tax burden on family farms and businesses. The proposed regulations, if finalized, would contradict long-standing legal precedent and greatly discourage families from continuing to operate and grow their farms and businesses for eventual transfer to future generations.

Grassley Seeks GAO Review of HUD Compliance with Law Barring Wanted Fugitive Felons from...

Sen. Chuck Grassley today asked the Government Accountability Office to review whether the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is taking effective steps to comply with the federal law making fugitive felon status grounds for termination from living in public housing.

Grassley Named “Defender of Housing” by the National Association of Home Builders

The Cedar Rapids Home Builders Association presented Sen. Chuck Grassley with the “Defender of Housing” award on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for being a “forward-thinking federal legislator who recognizes housing’s significant role within the U.S. economy.”

Branstad appoints Camille Valley to the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board

Gov. Terry E. Branstad announced today that he has appointed Camille Valley to the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board. Valley’s term on the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board begins Friday, August 26, 2016 and ends April 30, 2019. Valley, who resides in Johnston, will be eligible for a full six-year appointment in April 2019 at the conclusion of her partial appointment announced today

Grassley Seeks HUD Explanation of Policies on Wanted Fugitive Felons in Public Housing

Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Department of Housing and Urban Development to explain its policies for allowing wanted fugitive felons to live in public housing after a report suggested the agency takes a weaker approach than federal law requires

Young Announces Des Moines to Receive $8 Million in Transportation Infrastructure Funds

Iowa Congressman David Young today announced the City of Des Moines will receive $8,000,000 in grant funding through U.S. Department of Transportation’s (US DOT) TIGER Grant Program.

Iowa Home Sales Increase by 3.8% in June 2016

Home sale prices rose 2 percent in June 2016 and homes sold were up 3.8 percent when compared to June 2015. According to the Housing Trends Report by Iowa Association of REALTORS®, the median sale price for June 2016 is $156,000 as compared to $153,000 in June of last year

Branstad, Reynolds Administration Announce Iowa Homeownership Month Campaign: “2,500 Bucks”

The Branstad, Reynolds Administration announced an innovative homeownership month campaign hosted by the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Association of REALTORS® and the Iowa Mortgage Association, at their regular weekly press conference. The 2,500 Bucks campaign encourages Iowa home buyers to visit IowaHouseHunt.com throughout the month of June to learn about all aspects of purchasing a home in Iowa, including a $2,500 down payment assistance grant and a chance to win $2,500.

Victory for Affordable Housing; Senate Scales Back Housing Authority Ability to Spend Money on...

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week approved language championed by Sen. Chuck Grassley that will ensure transparency and promote accountability in public housing authorities’ use of more than $350 million in federal tax dollars. The Grassley language, which was incorporated into a committee report that accompanies an annual spending bill, will ensure that federal funds transferred to housing authorities will retain their federal designation and be subject to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversight

Vitter Announces Nearly $90M in FEMA Grants

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be distributing nearly $90 million in grants for a variety of projects aimed to build and improve flood-prone structures in communities across south Louisiana

HUD Takes Action on Housing Authority Salary Caps Under Grassley Scrutiny

Under pressure from Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released updated salary data for the top executives at public housing authorities nationwide. The state and local housing authority executives are prohibited from exceeding a congressionally imposed cap on the amount of federal money that can be used for salaries. HUD announced it is seeking reimbursement from six housing authorities that exceeded the 2014 federal salary cap of $157,100. The cap for 2016 has been increased to $160,300. Grassley made the following comment on HUD’s action.

City of Osceola, Iowa, and EPA Settle Clean Water Act Violations

EPA Region 7 reached a proposed administrative settlement of Clean Water Act violations by the City of Osceola, Iowa, that requires the city to stabilize stream banks of a tributary flowing into White Breast Creek, and pay a cash penalty of $8,400.

Loebsack Applauds CFTC and EPA for Agreeing to Share RFS Data

Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement to share information regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in order to fight the potential for manipulation along the fuel supply chain of the Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) market. RINs help blenders and refiners track compliance with the RFS. In 2013, Loebsack led 13 members of the House in calling on the CFTC to ensure the integrity of the RIN market.

VIDEO: Loebsack Reintroduces Legislation to Expand Choice at the Gas Pump

Congressman Dave Loebsack today reintroduced legislation to establish a grant program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to invest in renewable and alternative fuel infrastructure. The Renewable Fuel Utilization, Expansion and Leadership (Re-FUEL) Act will create new and retrofit existing infrastructure, including pumps for biofuels and hydrogen, tanks, piping and electric vehicle chargers. The legislation is paid for and would not add to the deficit

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HUD Secretary Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller Unveil First...

WASHINGTON, DC - August 3, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced today the launch of the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement’s first public service announcement (PSA) television ad titled “Homeowner Help.” The PSA, which can be viewed at www.hud.gov and www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com, is designed to educate homeowners about the resources available to them through the mortgage servicing settlement.

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Eastern Iowa Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay Employment...

An Eastern Iowa businessman who failed to pay over employment taxes and violated the Clean Water Act by causing ethanol to be discharged into a tributary of the Maquoketa River, was sentenced today in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to 15 months in federal prison, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Sean R. Berry of the Northern District of Iowa