“Graduating Iowa high school students are taking an important step in becoming leaders and positive contributors to society when our country needs them,” Congressman Latham said. “As these individuals prepare to transition into the next phase of life, I am pleased to mark their progress and personally congratulate them on their achievement.”
High schools in Iowa’s Third Congressional District can request the certificates on behalf of graduating students, or requests can come directly from the student or a family member. All requests for graduation certificates should be emailed to Latham.Graduation@mail.house.gov. Anyone with further questions may contact the Des Moines - Central Iowa Constituent Services Office at 515-282-1909.
The following information is required to complete the certificates for each student:
Washington, DC – The unveiling of a new statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection of one of the greatest humanitarians and scientists will highlight two days of events to honor Iowan Norman Borlaug, the Iowa congressional delegation said today. The statue unveiling is on Tuesday, March 25, at 11 a.m. (ET).
Borlaug is one of only five people to have been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Honor. A renowned agricultural scientist, born and raised in Cresco, Iowa, Borlaug is often recognized for eradicating famine in Mexico, India and Pakistan during the mid-20th century with his development of a disease-resistant, high-yielding wheat. He is known as the Father of the Green Revolution and credited with saving more than 1 billion people from starvation in developing countries.
“Dr. Borlaug’s efforts to advance biotechnology and agronomy vastly improved the levels of food security in nations around the world. He was an extraordinary man, with a brilliant vision, and the common sense and commitment to turn his dreams into reality. He inspired future generations of scientists and farmers to innovate and lift those mired in poverty, all while never forgetting his Iowa roots that started the journey,” Senator Chuck Grassley said.
“Dr. Borlaug surveyed a world where starvation and malnourishment were rampant. And he had a vision–a vision for a Green Revolution,” said Senator Tom Harkin. “Dr. Borlaug’s mission to alleviate hunger and human suffering, improve quality of life around the globe, and foster peace will benefit people for generations to come. The statue to be unveiled and dedicated this week will preserve that mission in the halls of the U.S. Capitol and serve as a reminder to all who pass by that one person really can make a difference.”
“To see the effort I started in 2009 to honor Dr. Borlaug come full circle is heartening. His lifetime of selfless contributions to mankind have earned him this honor in the nation’s Capitol Building. Dr. Borlaug's work has saved billions of lives across the globe from starvation, and I can think of no better example of a great Iowan to the millions of people who visit the Capitol each year," Congressman Tom Latham said.
“It was a privilege to get to know Dr. Borlaug personally. He was humble, engaged, and inspiring all at the same time. It is a memorable honor to help bring his statue to our Nation’s Capitol. Now millions of Americans can be part of celebrating a life so well lived. I look forward to the unveiling in the US Capitol and the continuing story of the greatness of Dr. Borlaug. He was an inspiration to me when I met him, and his story will soon serve as an inspiration to all who visit the Capitol,” Congressman Steve King said.
“Norman Borlaug had a combination of ingenuity, intelligence, and compassion that represents the very best of Iowa,” said Congressman Bruce Braley. “He improved the lives of billions of people around the world and I’m proud his statue will be representing Iowa in the United States Capitol.”
“The world is a better place because of Norman Borlaug’s efforts to feed the hungry and promote peace. From growing up in a small agricultural town in Iowa boasting a one room schoolhouse to saving one billion lives by fathering the ‘Green Revolution,’ Norman Borlaug is a true American pioneer. I look forward to joining my fellow Iowans in honoring all of the work he has accomplished,” Congressman Dave Loebsack said.
The statue unveiling will be held in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol on March 25, which is also National Ag Day and the 100th anniversary of Borlaug’s birth. Events on Monday, March 24, include a media availability with the sculptor and Iowa political leaders, a reception for any interested parties, and a dinner banquet. Following the statue unveiling, which can be seen live on www.speaker.gov/live, a reception will be held in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. More information about the events is at www.iowaborlaugstatue.org
The statue of Borlaug will join others in the collection that honors men and women who are, according to the 1864 law creating the collection, “illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services such as each state may deem to be worthy.” Each state was invited to contribute two statues to be housed in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. The collection, now totaling 100 statues, is currently located throughout the U.S. Capitol and the Capitol Visitor Center
For too long, our nation’s seniors have been forced into a position where their health care provider’s uncertainty has caused them to stop seeing those who use Medicare. In rural states like Iowa, this involves a majority of patients and reduced health care options and choices is just as problematic as health care denied.
The nation’s Medicare program has been using the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system that was enacted in 1997 to attempt to control health care spending. This system has failed to work as it was intended and it has caused American taxpayers to continually lose access to the Medicare healthcare program that they have been paying into their whole lives and plan to rely on for retirement security.
This is wrong and the SGR needs to be repealed.
This past Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014. This bi-partisan solution prevents a 24% cut in Medicare payments to health care providers and rewards them for high quality service.
The legislation provides for a final SGR “fix” and replaces the Medicare health care provider reimbursement system by moving it towards a quality – not quantity - of service based system. This policy reforms the short term patches from years of pushing the problem down the road and transitions to a new common sense system based on rewarding health care provider performance, alternative payment models, and expands the use of Medicare data for transparency and quality improvement.
The House passed solution is also fiscally responsible because it is fully paid for by delaying the individual mandate tax penalty in President Obama’s new health care law for the next five years. This delay results in a nearly $21 billion net deficit reduction according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
I have always favored and worked for a permanent solution to this problem that repeals or replaces the flawed SGR formula. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, my hope is that the United States Senate will understand the importance of this legislation to America’s seniors and the stability of the Medicare health care program on which they rely.
Washington, DC - Iowa Congressman Tom Latham voted to pass H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014. “This bi-partisan solution prevents a 24% cut in Medicare payments to physicians and rewards doctors based on good performance” said Congressman Latham.
“For too long, our nation’s seniors have been forced into a position where doctor’s uncertainty has caused them to stop seeing those who use Medicare. In rural states like Iowa this involves a majority of patients, and our seniors have been paying into this system their whole lives just to be denied service and it is wrong.”
“I have always favored a permanent solution that repeals or replaces the flawed SGR formula. As a co-sponsor, I urge those in the Senate to pass this legislation so our physicians can regain a sense of stability and predictability regarding their participation in the Medicare program and Iowans have confidence that they can use the services they deserve.”
Finding smarter ways to deliver good services and products is the American tradition. Henry Ford did it with the automobile assembly line and Steve Jobs did it with the home computer.
If they want to be successful, businesses do not have the luxury of being inefficient. We expect this of our employers, ourselves, so why wouldn’t we expect this same standard of our government? This week the Republican led U.S. House of Representatives debated and approved a number of common sense measures that protect hardworking taxpayers and their tax dollars with smarter approaches to government.
My service to Iowans in Congress has been built upon a foundation of my belief that we must always be looking for ways to identify and cut waste – and find better ways to solve problems and deliver services. Measures we considered and approved this week further build on that foundation through transparency and common sense.
We protected the property rights of hardworking taxpayers from the growing abuse of eminent domain powers being used by state and local governments. The Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 1944) gives landowners standing against the use of eminent domain being used to take private property and giving it to another private entity.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has for too long operated in intrusive ways to individual taxpayers. We approved legislation this week that requires the IRS to tell taxpayers when they share their personal information with another government agency. We also place a time limit on how long an individual can be subjected to an IRS Audit in the Taxpayer Transparency and Efficient Audit Act (H.R. 2350). Our legislation will prevent the IRS from inquiring about an individual’s religious, political, or social beliefs in the Protect Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act (H.R. 2531).
We also approved the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act (H.R. 1423) which requires federal agencies to provide the American people with an annual report card on all of its programs, detailing administrative costs and staffing information, expenditures for services, and the number of recipients in each program that agency administers . This bill gives taxpayers a transparent, no nonsense report so that individuals can decide for themselves if an agency is effectively serving the people who pay their bills.
While this may be my final year representing my Iowa neighbors in Congress, I will fight until my last day in Washington to do my part to make our federal government smarter, less wasteful, more responsive and transparent to and for all the people. Iowans expect this of ourselves and we should demand the same of our government.
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Tom Latham came to Washington with a vision of changing the way Washington works and changing the work that Washington does. Latham, a ten-term Republican, has represented the people of Iowa since January of 1995.
Latham, 65, knows the Iowa traditions of hard work, community service, and strong values very well because it is where he was born, raised, and educated. He grew up and raised his family near Alexander, Iowa, a town of 168 people. He is a farmer and a small business owner. Tom, along with two of his brothers, ran Latham Seeds, the family seed company that his father started in 1947. Today, the company is operated by Congressman Latham’s niece and nephews, making them the third generation of the family to run the company.
Congressman Latham and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children: Justin, Jennifer, and Jill. They also have one granddaughter, Emerson, and four grandsons named Jack, Keaton, Mason and Carson.
Since his very first day in Congress, Tom Latham has been dedicated to the ideals of change in Washington. His Iowa values and common sense are a testament to the work he strives to accomplish, such as the promotion of individual liberty, economic opportunity, personal responsibility, and a smaller and smarter federal government.
Latham, the Dean of Iowa’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives, has established himself in Washington as a champion of fiscal responsibility. One Iowa newspaper proclaimed that Latham is “a fiscal conservative who not only talks the talk but walks the walk when it comes to spending he controls.” His work in Congress has also been noted with awards and recognition by several budget, taxpayer, senior, agriculture, small business, and anti-government waste advocacy groups.
He is Iowa’s only member of the House Appropriations Committee, considered to be one of the most influential in Congress. Through his work on the committee, Latham has provided significant support for Iowa’s homeland security first-responders, law enforcement, the Iowa National Guard, transportation projects, agriculture, environmental and public education initiatives, health care, community, and economic and small business development. Congressman Latham serves as the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. He also serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.
Tom Latham believes in this country and her people. He sees a great future in a nation that protects individual freedom and responsibility over that of an intrusive federal government that spends beyond its means. Congressman Latham believes if we hold to these values, America’s greatest days are yet to be seen.
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