- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley is pushing to protect a federal grant program aimed at testing schools and homes for cancer-causing radon.

Braley, a Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate, distributed a letter to other lawmakers Wednesday in an effort to maintain the State Indoor Radon Grant Program, which helps states implement radon-reduction efforts. Its funding has not been included in President Barack Obama’s 2015 budget recommendation.

Braley says preserving the program is crucial for a state like Iowa, where radon levels are among the highest in the nation.

Lawmakers in the Iowa Legislature proposed a measure this session requiring schools to test for the gas. Legislators now are considering a more limited version of the bill that requires the Department of Education to provide radon information to schools.

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