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U.S.-Korea trade agreement effective date PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Chuck Grassley   
Friday, 24 February 2012 15:06

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on the announcement from the United States Trade Representative that the trade agreement between the United States and South Korea will go into effect on March 15.  Grassley and others have long-awaited the trade agreement for its significant benefits to U.S. farmers, businesses, and services providers.  Congress approved the trade agreement’s implementing legislation in October 2011 after long delays in President Obama’s submission of the legislation to Congress.  Upon approval of the implementing legislation, the President was authorized “to exchange notes with Korea providing for the entry into force at such time as the President determines that Korea has taken measures necessary to comply with provisions of the agreement that are to take effect on the date of the entry into force,” according to the trade representative’s office.  Grassley is a senior member of the Finance Committee, with jurisdiction over international trade, and former chairman and ranking member of the committee.


Grassley comment:


“This is good news.  U.S. workers deserve the boost from this new market access.  They’ll rise to the challenge with quality goods and services.  The implementation of this trade agreement was a long time in coming.  It’s ironic that the same Administration that was slow to present the implementing legislation gave the agreement such a fast turn-around from legislative approval to the effective date.  I hope the speed of implementation doesn’t cause problems.  Anything that’s not spelled out now could be the source of trade disputes later.”

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Written by Roy Skoglund   
Friday, 24 February 2012 14:48

For individuals and businesses interested in, related to, or part of the vehicle washing industry


Have you ever thought about owning or operating a carwash, but not sure where to begin? Do you already own or operate a carwash and want to see the latest equipment, hear about industry trends or network with industry professionals? How about a Dog Wash?

The Heartland Carwash Association’s 29th Annual Product and Equipment Show takes place March 23rd and 24th, 2012, at the Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. This year marks the 29th consecutive HCA Product Show, one of the largest and longest-running industry trade shows in the country.

Exhibitors and attendees from around the country will be coming to Des Moines for this year’s event. Many national and international equipment manufacturers and suppliers will be showcasing the latest products and services available on the market today. And, industry executives will be on-hand to discuss current trends and provide insight into owning and operating a vehicle wash.

Whether you are looking for additional suppliers, considering a new equipment purchase, buying an existing carwash or building a new carwash from the ground-up, the HCA Product Show is the place to get the answers to your questions. Attend our seminars and listen to guest speakers discuss topics such as ‘Utilizing Social Media’ to grow your business and ‘Installing Energy-Efficient Products’ to save dollars and realize a true return on your investment.

Product Show Details

The HCA Product Show is open to the public and entrance admissions start at $25 for members of the HCA and $75 for non-members. The HCA is offering a limited time ‘2-for-1’ special promotion for both members and non-members from now until March 1st. For more details on attending the Show or exhibiting your products, please call locally 515.224.6845 or toll-free 888.873.9735. You can also visit our web site at

About the Heartland Carwash Association

Established in 1981, the Heartland Carwash Association is a non-profit industry association representing the interests of carwash owners, operators and distributors as well as national and international manufacturers, suppliers and other related companies. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, the HCA represents the states of Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,
South Dakota and Wisconsin and annually hosts one of the largest industry trade shows in the country.


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National Entrepreneurship Week is Upon Us PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Friday, 24 February 2012 14:41

By Elisha Smith, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Center for Rural Affairs

This week, the week of February 18-25, is National Entrepreneurship Week. It was so named in recognition of the contributions of entrepreneurs and to celebrate and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit.

Entrepreneurs create many jobs and economic opportunities in America, especially in our rural communities. They take the biggest risks to capture opportunity where others fear to tread.

Revitalizing rural America requires us to encourage entrepreneurship, stimulate innovative community development, and open up new opportunities for farming and ranching enterprises.

One program that thousands of small business owners across the country have benefited from is the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, which provides loan capital and training grants to organizations, like the Center for Rural Affairs, who work with small business owners in rural areas.

Perhaps a business in your community has been helped by this program.

Unfortunately, Congress cut this crucial investment in November, citing the need to decrease spending. However, programs like the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program generate new economic activity for businesses that otherwise may not be able to get started or grow.

We need investment in our rural communities, and we need to fight for rural development programs within our government. In the coming year, the Center for Rural Affairs will be fighting for both to be adequately represented in the Farm Bill. We’ll let you know about ways to take action and opportunities for your voice to be heard.

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Editorialist: GOP guarantees another debt ceiling vote before election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Robert Romano   
Friday, 24 February 2012 09:39

By Robert Romano

One of the political rationales for giving the Obama Administration what it wanted on the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits extensions — which will add $101 billion to the debt this year alone and is not paid for — was to avoid another showdown in Washington, D.C.

Previous battles between the House and Obama — on continuing resolutions, on the debt ceiling, on the payroll tax in Dec. 2011 — have not boded well for Republicans, so the thinking goes. Therefore, to take the issues off the table, House leaders agreed to a conference report with their Senate counterparts, thereby avoiding controversy. Right?

Wrong. Ironically, in the process, House Republicans may have guaranteed that another controversial issue comes up before the election — the $16.394 trillion debt ceiling.

According to the Office of Management and Budget, by Sep. 30, debt subject to the limit was going to total about $16.334 trillion.

However, with the additional $101 billion being added to the debt thanks to extending the payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits, and the "doc fix," that means debt subject to the limit would be $16.435 trillion by the end of the fiscal year.

That makes another vote to raise the debt ceiling virtually assured before the election.

So, to avoid one controversy, Republicans have created another one that may be more problematic politically.

Republicans could have opposed extending the payroll tax holiday on the basis that it would hasten the bankruptcy of Social Security, and the unemployment benefits because welfare does not create jobs, does not prevent foreclosures, and is only adding to the debt.

By supporting it, now the House GOP stands to dispirit their conservative base of voters not once, but twice this year by their failure to rein in the debt.

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Braley Statement on House Passage of Yearlong Middle Class Tax Cut Extension PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:38

Braley supports Republican bill to extend tax cut

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after voting to support a Republican-written bill to extend the middle class payroll tax cut for a full year:

“The middle class tax cut extension passed today will keep $1,000 in the pocket of the average Iowa family.  Extending the tax cut for the rest of the year is a common sense step that will help strengthen the momentum of the economy.


“I’m disappointed that Speaker Boehner brought the tax cut up for a vote without finding a way to pay for it.  I’ve now voted twice for bills that would extend the middle class tax cut without adding to the deficit.  I wish I could have vote that way a third time.


“I’m encouraged that partisan politics didn’t stop this tax cut extension from getting done.  Congress now must immediately turn its focus to working in a bipartisan way on other measures to help create jobs and grow the economy.”

Braley has consistently worked across party lines to pass a yearlong middle class tax cut extension.  In December, he was one of only 10 Democrats to support a Republican bill to couple a yearlong extension of the middle class tax cut with other provisions.  Later that month, Braley also supported the compromise Senate bill that extended the middle class tax cut for two months.

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