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Letter: Blum is strong, independent leader

Steve Armstrong

On Sept. 16, The Gazette published a letter from Sara Riley (“Facts don’t support Blum’s statements”) making untrue claims regarding Rep. Rod Blum’s voting record. It’s critical that the record be set straight and fortunately it’s an easy task.

First off, Riley asked for three specific bipartisan bills that Rep. Blum had supported and implied they did not exist. For the record the three are: Highway Bill — FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) (H.R. 22) on Dec. 3, 2015; Education — Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) on Dec. 2, 2015; Healthcare Modernization — 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) on July 10, 2015.

Furthermore, it was intentionally suggested that he didn’t support the Highway Bill, since what he voted against was yet another short-term extension (five months in this case) that kicked the can down the road again instead of a long-term bill.

Lastly, it was suggested that he was “disloyal” for voting for someone other than John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Clearly she doesn’t know Blum. One of his missions in Washington is ending the system of “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” and voting instead for the right thing to do.

Congressman Blum is an independent voice that won’t be bullied into supporting or not supporting anything by anyone in Washington. That’s the way it should be and that’s the type of strong, independent leader this district deserves.

Steve Armstrong

Cedar Rapids

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