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Loebsack Statement on Border Funding Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 04 August 2014 08:27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House voted on a supplemental appropriations bill for the Southwest border.

“I have long said that the status quo isn’t working and bipartisan action is needed to address the immigration problem that our nation is facing. Unfortunately, Republicans in the House have continued to play political games and have not actually fixed the problem. The Ted Cruz and Steve King wing of the Republican Party are more interested in scoring political points than dealing with the children who came to this country alone to escape the violence they were facing back home. The legislation voted on today was not a serious attempt to secure our border and address the real humanitarian crisis that is happening.

“On top of that, nearly two-thirds of this bill is paid for by taking over $400 million away from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Fund. Iowans are still recovering from the severe storms and flooding that crippled our state earlier this month and to take this funding away will have a direct impact on our communities. Thirty five counties in Iowa have already received a Presidential Disaster Declaration and Governor Branstad has requested this declaration for 22 more.”


AUGUST 8TH: Loebsack to Host “Getting Iowans Back to Work” Tour in Muscatine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Friday, 01 August 2014 07:35

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced that he will bring his “Getting Iowans Back to Work” Tour to Muscatine on FRIDAY, August 8th. At this forum, Loebsack will bring together businesses, labor organizations, local stakeholders, and education and training providers to discuss the SECTORS Act. This legislation, a jobs and workforce investment bill that Loebsack introduced in the House, creates partnerships to help close the gap between the kinds of skills that workers have and skills that businesses need. Large portions of Loebsack’s SECTORS Act were recently signed into law by the President as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

“When traveling around Iowa meeting with business leaders, I hear time and time again that they can’t find workers with the skill set they need to be able to hire, despite high unemployment rates,” said Loebsack. “There is a gap between the kinds of skills that workers have and the skills that businesses need. The tools created by the SECTORS Act work to address this gap by targeting workforce development efforts to foster the kind of skills that local businesses need right now.”

Loebsack will also hold forums in Burlington, Ottumwa, Davenport, Newton, Keokuk and Osceola. Media are invited to attend.

“Getting Iowans Back to Work” Tour – August 8th


2:15pm @ Muscatine Community College, 152 Colorado Street, Muscatine IA 52761


Attendees will include:

Bob Allbee, President of Muscatine Community College

Gary Mohr, Executive Director of External Affairs for Eastern Iowa Community College

Greg Jenkins, President of Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce

Muscatine Community College Staff

Local Industry Representatives


Simon Named to Leadership of Nation’s Lieutenant Governors Association PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ken Lowe   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:17

CHICAGO — July 30, 2014. Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will serve on the leadership committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).  NLGA is a professional association enabling regional and nationwide policy discussion and progress at the state level.


“I’m very proud to continue serving in the NLGA, and look forward to keeping the lines of communication open between Illinois and other states as we work toward bipartisan, nationwide progress on the issues that cross state lines,” Simon said Wednesday.

Simon has been named Midwest Regional Chair of the NLGA Executive Committee. She was elected unanimously by a bipartisan group of other lieutenant governors who are members of the organization.

The Association provides research and best practices exchange to the officeholders first in line of succession to governor in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

“Through NLGA’s bi-partisan nature, the priorities of lieutenant governors and their states and territories are united, not divided,” said NLGA Director Julia Hurst.

The committee meets about three times a year and is responsible for charting the course of policy issues and national impact to be pursued by the nation’s second-highest state and territorial officeholders.  In addition to its specific duties, the committee will also address issues of mutual concern to all members.


"Nothing Compares" at the State Fair to State Treasurer Fitzgerald's Great Iowa Treasure Hunt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:26

DES MOINES, IA (07/30/2014)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today a stop at the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt booth during the 2014 Iowa State Fair may pay off. "With over a million names listed, fair goers could find they have unclaimed money waiting for them to claim," Fitzgerald said. "The State Fair is one of the most successful events we do to reach people who may have money in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt."

"Over the years, we have been successful in reuniting people with their lost treasures," Fitzgerald added. "Last year during the fair, over 8,500 claims of unclaimed property were discovered, totaling more than $1.9 million. The booth will have computers set up for people to search for their name and staff will be on hand to answer questions and to help treasure hunters print claim forms."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $180 million in unclaimed property to more than 434,000 people since Fitzgerald created it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report unclaimed property to the state treasurer's office. The assets are then held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, and safe deposit box contents.

to search for your treasure today. Be sure to like Great Iowa Treasure Hunt on Facebook and follow the program on Twitter @GreatIATreasure.


Loebsack Unveils “Holding Congress Accountable” Legislative Package PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:15

Bills include Congressional pay cut, lobby ban & greater transparency

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today unveiled his “Holding Congress Accountable” legislative package. This package is a set of bills that Loebsack authored or helped introduce to restore the American people’s faith in their government. The package includes Loebsack’s bill to cut member’s pay for the first time since the Great Depression, provides for greater transparency when member’s report official travel and permanently bans all members from becoming lobbyists when they leave Congress. Loebsack has personally vowed to never become a lobbyist himself when he leaves Congress.

Loebsack recorded a short video discussing his proposal. Click here to watch.

“Being a Member of Congress means putting people first and working for the things that are important to the people we were chosen to represent, not special interests. The American people deserve better. It’s time for Congress to show it is serious about making good choices for the country. It’s time Congress is held accountable and does what’s right so the American people can have trust in the work that their government is doing,” said Loebsack.

Since coming into office, Loebsack has set out to change the culture of Washington. Starting in 2007, he worked to pass the largest ethics reform since Watergate. He is also pushing to cut member’s pay, which hasn’t been cut in over 80 years, end the revolving door between lobbyists and Congress, get budgets passed on time, and is fighting to hold members of Congress accountable for actually doing what they were sent to Washington to do.

The bills in Loebsack’s “Holding Congress Accountable” package include the following:

H.R. 398, the Congressional Halt in Pay Increases and Cut Congressional Pay Act – Introduced by Loebsack to amend the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 to eliminate the automatic pay adjustments for Members of Congress, and reduces their compensation by 10%.

H.Res. 659, the Congressional Travel Disclosure Act – Introduced by Loebsack to amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to expand disclosure requirements for privately sponsored travel taken by Members of Congress.

H.R. 4014, Permanent Lobbying Ban – Cosponsored by Loebsack to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit former Members of Congress from engaging in lobbying contacts.

H.R. 440, the Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act – Cosponsored by Loebsack to impose: (1) a five-year lobbying ban on all former Members of Congress; and (2) a two-year (currently, one-year) ban on lobbying contacts by former elected officers of either chamber, former congressional employees, or former employees of any other legislative office with any Member, officer, or employee.

H.R. 5095, the Ensuring Trust and Honorability In Congressional Standards (ETHICS) Act – Cosponsored by Loebsack to amend current law to require House Members to complete annual ethics training, which is already a legal requirement for Senators.

H.R. 20, the Government By the People Act of 2014 – Cosponsored by Loebsack to amend the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to allow a refundable credit of 50% of qualified congressional House campaign contributions paid or incurred during the taxable year (contributions of cash by an individual to a House candidate or a political committee established and maintained by a national political party if the contribution is not prohibited under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971).


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