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Congress Home For Recess, Action By You Now Is Critical PDF Print E-mail
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Written by American Land Rights   
Friday, 10 August 2012 07:42
Your Congressman and both Senators are now home for the August
September Congressional Recess. It is critical that you attend any
meetings or town halls put on by your legislators.

Action Items:

-----1. Please forward this message to at least 10 other people.
You’re whole list if possible.

-----2. Call your Congressman at (202) 225-3121 to ask for his or her
August-September Congressional Recess schedule. Attend any meetings
you can get to. Call even if you do not plan to go. They must feel
your hot breath on their necks. Be sure to alert your neighbors and
friends about any meetings.

-----3. Call both your Senators at (202) 224-3121. Ask them for their
August-September Congressional Recess schedule. But sure to go to any
meetings you can get to. When you call, tell them to oppose any
Omnibus Federal Lands Bill.

-----4. Send e-mail or fax to your Congressman and both Senators.
Here are the issues to discuss. Only put one issue in each letter,
fax or e-mail. You can send more than one letter, fax or e-mail.

Key issues:

Looming Omnibus Federal Lands Bill

EPA Corps of Engineers Wetlands Jurisdiction land and water grab.

LWCF (Land and Water Conservation Fund) (giant land acquisition

-----Lame Duck Congress (After election).

This means a Congress that meets after the election where all the
Senators and Congressmen who either retired or were voted out of
office still get to vote. They are no longer responsible to you, the
voter, so they do very foolish things.

You must get commitments from them now, before the election, that
your Senators and Congressman will commit to opposing any Omnibus
Federal Lands Bill either before the election or after.

-----Omnibus Federal Lands Bill:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is planning a huge Omnibus Federal
lands bill for the Lame Duck session of Congress. He has not put it
together yet. He will put in many bills that did not pass the Senate
this year. You defeated him when he tried this tactic in 2010 by
adding over 200 separate pieces of legislation into one bill, the
Omnibus Federal Lands bill.

Reid snuck an Omnibus Federal Lands Bill through Congress in early
2009 after you defeated it in 2008. That must not happen again.

What Reid does is go to each Member of the Senate and asks about one
or more bills each Senator would like to have. Reid then adds those
bills to the Omnibus Federal lands bill. The Senators will often not
look at all the other bills in the Omnibus Federal Lands bill package
as long as they get their bill or bills. That hurts you.

Some of the bills in an Omnibus Federal Lands bill will be good. But
the entire package must be stopped.

You must get a commitment now from your Congressman and both Senators
that they will oppose any Omnibus Federal lands bill. Each bill should
be voted on individually.


EPA Corps Wetlands Jurisdiction
You want to support this bill. S 2245.

S 2245 blocks the EPA & Corps of Engineers from getting Wetlands
Jurisdiction Over Your Water & Land

*Do You Want The EPA & Corps In Your Backyard?*

Do you want EPA & Corps Wetlands jurisdiction over all forest roads,
Federal lands and adjacent private and State lands?

*-----Urge Your Senators To Vote Yes On The “Preserve The Waters Of
The US Act” (S-2245). Make it clear that you will oppose the bill if
Reid tries to add S 2245 to the Omnibus Federal Land Bill. *
* *
We’ve listed the fax of each Senator who is NOT a co-sponsor of S
2245 along with one or more staff with their e-mail address. You may
phone any Senator at (202) 224-3121. If the e-mail or fax does not go
through, call the Senator at the number above to ask for the correct
information. Be sure to pass any corrections along to American Land

Be sure to note that there is an underscore between the first and
last name of each staff person listed below. For example:
* *
Kelly Ayotte (D-NH) -- F-(202) 224-2952 E-mail:

Max Baucus (D-MT) – F-(202) 224-9412 E-mail:
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Scott Brown (R-MA) -- F-(202) 229-2646 E-mail:

Susan Collins (R-ME) -- F-(202) 224-2693 E-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <mailto:rob_epplin@collins.senate.gov>

Kent Conrad (D-ND) –F-(202) 224-7776 E-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <mailto:tom_mahr@conrad.senate.gov>

Al Franken (D-MN) –F-(202) 224-0044 E-mail:

Lindsey Graham R-SC) – F-(202) 224-3808 E-mail:

Kay Hagan (D-NC) – F-(202) 228-2563 E-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <mailto:mike_harney@hagan.senate.gov>

Tim Johnson (D-SD) –F-(202) 228-5765 E-mail:

Mark Kirk (D-IL) – F-(202) 228-4611 E-mail:

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) –F-(202) 228-2186 E-mail:

Mary Landrieu (D-LA) – F-(202) 224-9735 E-mail:

Joe Manchin (D-WV) –F-(202) 228-0002 E-mail:

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) – F-(202) 228-6326 E-mail:

Joe Manchin (D-WV) –F-(202) 228-0002 E-mail:

Ben Nelson (D-NE) – F-(202) 228-0012 E-mail:

Rob Portman (R-OH) – F-(202) 224-9558 E-mail:

Mark Pryor (D-AR) – F-(202) 228-0908 E-mail:
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Olympia Snowe (R-ME) – F-(202) 224-1946 E-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <mailto:don_green@snowe.senate.gov>

Jon Tester (D-MT) – F-(202) 224-8594 E-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <mailto:james_wise@tester.senate.gov>

Mark Warner (D-VA) – F-(202) 224-6295 E-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jim Webb (D-VA) – F-(202) (202) 228-6363 E-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <mailto:david_bonine@webb.senate.gov>

These Senators are already co-sponsors of
The Preserve The Waters Of The US Act (S 2245).
But they should still receive a call, fax or e-mail.

Call each one at (202) 224-3121 to urge passage but remind them not
to add S 2245 to any Omnibus Federal Lands bill.

Sen Barrasso, John [R-WY] (sponsor)
Sen Alexander, Lamar
[R-TN] - 5/10/2012

Sen Blunt, Roy
[R-MO] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Boozman, John
[R-AR] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Chambliss, Saxby
[R-GA] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Coats, Daniel
[R-IN] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Coburn, Tom
[R-OK] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Cochran, Thad
[R-MS] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Corker, Bob
[R-TN] - 3/29/2012

Sen Cornyn, John
[R-TX] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Crapo, Mike
[R-ID] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen DeMint, Jim
[R-SC] - 5/16/2012

Sen Enzi, Michael B.
[R-WY] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Grassley, Chuck
[R-IA] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Hatch, Orrin G.
[R-UT] - 5/15/2012

Sen Heller, Dean
[R-NV] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Hoeven, John
[R-ND] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey
[R-TX] - 3/29/2012

Sen Inhofe, James M.
[R-OK] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Isakson, Johnny
[R-GA] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Johanns, Mike
[R-NE] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Johnson, Ron
[R-WI] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Kyl, Jon
[R-AZ] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Lee, Mike
[R-UT] - 3/29/2012

Sen Lugar, Richard G.
[R-IN] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen McCain, John
[R-AZ] - 5/15/2012

Sen McConnell, Mitch
[R-KY] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Moran, Jerry
[R-KS] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Murkowski, Lisa
[R-AK] - 5/10/2012

Sen Paul, Rand
[R-KY] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Risch, James E.
[R-ID] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Roberts, Pat
[R-KS] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Rubio, Marco
[R-FL] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Sessions, Jeff
[R-AL] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Shelby, Richard C.
[R-AL] - 5/16/2012

Sen Thune, John
[R-SD] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Toomey, Pat
[R-PA] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Vitter, David
[R-LA] - 3/28/2012 *

Sen Wicker, Roger F.
[R-MS] - 3/28/2012 *

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Herman Cain and Job Creators Solutions to Embark on Fall Truth Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Hoekstra   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:40

30 Cities in 30 Days to Share Truth that Affects all Americans

(Atlanta)  Herman Cain today announced he will travel across the country this fall for The Truth Tour – an aggressive 30-day, 30-city schedule of events to equip Americans with the facts that will help us decide the future of our nation.

The Truth Tour is sponsored by Job Creators Solutions, an organization formed by Cain and Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of The Home Depot.  As stated on the organizatin’s website, Job Creators Solutions “(a)ssists employers in educating employees about policy issues and candidate positions affecting their company, job security, wages and benefits, and their families.” And this fall, Job Creators Solutions will expand its reach to faith-based and community leaders as well as college students across the country.

“Bernie Marcus and I both know first-hand how important it is to have the facts when making business decisions,” Cain said. “We also know it is just as important for Americans to have the facts when making decisions that will impact our communities, businesses and our nation. This is why I’m proud to join forces with Bernie for The Truth Tour.

Marcus concurred, saying Cain’s ability to reach and engage wide-ranging audiences will be vital to the success of The Truth Tour. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Forbes 500 business CEO or a college student,” Marcus said. “Herman Cain has the unique ability to reach you. This is a one-of-a-kind message from a one-of-a-kind messenger.”

Each stop on the 30 city, 13-state tour through will include the following:

*Morning Event for Faith-Based and/or Community Leaders – Reaching out to the Faith-Based and minority community to give these thousands of Hermans and Bernies in America’s urban centers and inner cities tools to revive the American Dream and re-establish the American environment that allowed Cain and Marcus to pursue their dreams.

*Lunch Event for Job Creators and Business Leaders - Equipping business leaders with talking points, media training, educational materials for their employees, and peer support will empower employers to protect their economic rights and the opportunities to grow their businesses and provide added jobs.

*Evening College & Community Event – Among adults of all ages, 82 percent say it’s harder for today’s young adults to find a job than for previous generations. The number of unemployed Americans aged 20-24 has risen from 1.85 million to 2.19 million in the past three years. This vital part of the Truth Tour will address this very important group of Americans. Rather than a lecture, this will be a fun, educational event with Herman Cain and a popular local band. 

The Truth Tour begins September 5, 2012 in Iowa, with morning and noon events in Cedar Rapids and an evening event at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The Tour wraps up in Columbus, Ohio on November 1 at The Ohio State University. The full schedule of events can be found here.

“I know I will be absolutely worn out at the end of this tour,” Cain remarked. “But I will not rest until I feel I’ve done my best to get the right information to as many Americans as possible. We are at too critical a juncture in our nation’s history to simply sit back and do nothing. This may be our best and only shot to steer our country in the right direction.”

Also, notable names such as Dick Morris and Steve Moore have confirmed they will speak at a number of the events on The Truth Tour. More details about specific tour stops will be released as the dates of the events draw closer.

For More Information:

Kathy Hoekstra, Director of Media Relations
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Braley: An Effective Iowan in a Do-Nothing Congress PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:58

The past year has brought about a recurring theme of the ‘Do-Nothing Congress,’ a historic lack of legislation with even greater lack of House leadership. Washington is having trouble getting along, even more trouble passing laws, and the public has certainly taken notice.

But that isn’t the case for Rep. Braley - he’s busier than ever because he is working hard with both sides of the aisle to get things done for the people of Iowa.

Braley has been compiling quite a few accomplishments in the last year that may not garner the overwhelming attention of the ‘Do-Nothing Congress,’ but he is leading the way to make a real difference for veterans, families, and Iowans. Braley has been successful in passing legislation that will help veterans, prevent military sexual assault and domestic violence, keep kids safe, change how government communicates with the public, and protect Iowa jobs.

With that, here are Bruce Braley’s Top 10 Legislative Accomplishments of the past year:


-Andrew Connolly Veterans’ Housing Act passed into Law: The bipartisan H.R. 1627, including Braley’s Andrew Connolly Veterans’ Housing Act, was signed by President Obama on August 6, 2012. The bill will extend the adaptive housing grant program for disabled veterans for ten years, through December 31, 2022.  The legislation also increases the adaptive housing grant limit for temporary housing to $28,000, and increases the total adaptive housing grant limit from $63,780 to $91,780. The legislation was inspired by Andrew Connolly, a veteran from Dubuque whose family benefited from a VA housing grant program through Braley’s help, who lost his battle with cancer last year. http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Andrew-Connollys-Widow-Talks-About-New-Vet-Housing-Act-165222236.html


-“Kadyn’s Amendment” passed out of House: In June 2012, Braley added an amendment to a transportation funding bill requiring the federal government to devote at least $10 million to helping states enforce traffic laws that punish reckless drivers for illegally passing stopped school buses. The amendment was named for 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson, who was fatally struck by a pickup truck in May 2011 as she crossed the street to board her school bus near Northwood, Iowa.  The provision devotes $10 million of federal funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to strengthening the enforcement of existing state laws prohibiting drivers from passing stopped school buses that have warning lights flashing and stop arms extended. http://www.thonline.com/blogs/tri_state_politics/article_142c7ffe-777d-11e1-ba3d-0019bb30f31a.html


-Combat Veterans Back to Work provisions passed into Law: In August 2011, Congressman Braley introduced the Combat Veterans Back to Work Act.  The bill was incorporated into two new tax credits that were signed into law by President Obama in November 2011.  The first, known as the Returning Heroes tax credit, provides up to $5,600 in tax credits for every unemployed veteran hired by an employer.  The second, called the Wounded Warrior tax credit, doubles the existing tax credit for firms that hire unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities.  Iowa businesses are currently taking advantage of these credits and hiring Iowa veterans and National Guard Members. http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/New-Incentives-Help-for-Veterans-to-Find-Work-134288473.html

-Implementation of Payments to Underpaid Iowa Hospitals: Braley has continued to work on the implementation of his Geographic Equity payments for Iowa hospitals, which he passed in 2010.  Twenty different Iowa hospitals have now received payments in 2011 and 2012 to account for long-term underpayments by Medicare.  As of April 2012, Braley had secured over $33 million in additional Medicare reimbursements for these Iowa hospitals, which will help improve access to care for Iowa patients.  These Iowa hospitals have historically been underpaid because Medicare bases payments largely on geography. http://thegazette.com/2012/04/17/affordable-care-act-helps-iowa-hospitals-receive-medicare-reimbursement/

-Preventing Closure of Iowa Post Offices: Braley successfully amended the Postal Reform Act in October 2011 to require the Postal Service to report on the number of jobs eliminated by their proposed post office closures, including the number of veterans jobs affected. Then, Braley helped to prevent the closures of many of Iowa post offices by opposing such efforts to close them, and working with the Postal Service on behalf of Iowa post offices. http://qctimes.com/news/local/postal-service-offers-plan-to-keep-rural-post-offices-open/article_87e35c52-9a5e-11e1-a2bd-0019bb2963f4.html


-Holley Lynn James Act protections passed into Law: Braley has championed reforms in the Department of Defense to protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. In April 2011, Braley introduced the Holley Lynn James Act to strengthen the legal process for preventing and addressing claims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the military. Since then, Braley has passed a number of these provisions into law, including: 1) the bill’s improvements on oversight of the DOD’s sexual assault policy; 2) ensuring that victims have access to counsel; 3) implementation of the bill’s “elevated disposition requirements,” requiring sexual assault cases be considered by senior officers with greater experience; and 4) supporting victims of sexual assault in filing disability claims with the VA by requiring retention of documentary evidence. The bipartisan bill is named after Holley Lynn James, a Dubuque native who was killed by her husband while both were in the service.  James had filed complaints against her husband, who was supposed to be restricted to his barracks the night he murdered her. http://go.usa.gov/GGK

-Marshalltown Jobs Amendment passed out of House: In June 2012, Rep. Braley passed a bipartisan amendment that would remove burdensome government regulations on refrigerated deli-style display cases that threaten the future of their manufacture in the United States.  Lennox Industries, Inc., which makes the deli-style display cases covered by the regulation, has a manufacturing facility in Marshalltown, Iowa, that employs about 1,000 people.  The adoption of the amendment will help protect Iowa manufacturing jobs. http://www.timesrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/550541/Braley-helps-remove-red-tape-impeding-manufacturing.html?nav=5005

-Implementation of Plain Writing Act; Report Card Released: In July 2012, Rep. Braley joined the Center for Plain Language to unveil the Center’s first-ever “Plain Language Report Card,” a letter-grading of federal agencies’ implementation of the Plain Writing Act. The Plain Writing Act, authored by Braley and signed into law by President Obama in 2010, requires government agencies to write forms and other public documents in simple, easy-to-understand language.  Braley continues to ensure its full implementation to change the way government communicates with citizens and businesses. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120719006341/en/USDA-VA-Plain-Writing-Act-Report-Card 

-Cost of War Amendment passed out of House: In May 2012, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Braley’s “True Cost of War” amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. Braley’s amendment would require a full account of the human and financial costs of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya from the Departments of Defense, State and Veterans Affairs. http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backgroundid=554&stoplayout=true&print=true

-Housing for Blinded Veterans passed into Law: Braley introduced HR 5999, the Housing for Blinded Veterans Act, that will apply the American Medical Association and federal government’s 20/200 standard for blindness to the VA’s adaptive housing program.  Before Braley’s bill, veterans could be considered “legally blind,” but not blind enough to apply for the VA adaptive housing program.  Braley’s law will expand eligibility for the program to more blind veterans and create a more uniform standard for blindness across federal agencies. This fix was signed into law on August 6, 2012. http://nlihc.org/article/housing-blinded-veterans-act-introduced

 --- John Davis, Chief of Staff, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01)

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Obama to travel to Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:27

DES MOINES – Obama for America announced today that President Obama will take a three-day tour of Iowa next week. On Monday, August 13, the President will travel to Council Bluffs, and Boone for campaign events. On Tuesday, August 14, he will hold campaign events in Oskaloosa, Marshalltown and Waterloo. On Wednesday, August 15, First Lady Michelle Obama will join President Obama for campaign events in Dubuque and Davenport.

Additional details on the President’s campaign events are forthcoming.

Small Business Owners and Middle Class Families From Across Iowa React to Romney’s Tax Plan That Would Raise Taxes on the Middle Class PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Palla   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:07

Des Moines, IA -- Today, small business owners and middle class families in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque and Sioux City respond to an independent report, which found that in order for Mitt Romney to pay for his $5 trillion in tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, he’d have to raise taxes by $2,000 on middle class families with children.

“We are a typical middle class family. We work full-time to provide for our son, Cooper, and a second child on the way. We had the opportunity to talk to President Obama about the $4,900 in tax relief we have received over the course of his first term. We told him the tax relief is vital to supporting our family whether it’s finishing our basement for more space for our growing family or putting money towards Cooper’s college education fund. That’s why we are disappointed to hear about an independent, non-partisan report finding Mitt Romney’s plan would hike taxes for families who have children and make less than $200,000 would see their taxes go up an average of more than $2,000. And Romney is raising taxes on middle class families to pay for a $5 trillion tax plan skewed to the wealthiest. To some people, $1,000 or $2,000 might not seem like that much. But to us, that’s a big deal. A thousand dollars is a big deal. Five hundred dollars is a big deal. Our family literally can’t afford Mitt Romney.” --Jason and Ali McLaughlin, middle class family in Cedar Rapids

“President Obama plans to extend middle class taxes that would prevent a tax increase for 97 percent of small businesses.  As a small, independent business owner in Iowa, that’s music to my ears. The President is looking out for the best interests of the middle class (many of whom are my regular customers), while Mitt Romney tax hike plan for the middle class gives huge tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. The President believes that relieving millions of American families by extending middle-class tax cuts is the best way to grow our economy. That’s why I will be backing the President in the fall.” --Kevin Perkins, independent business owner/Clean Sweep QCA LLC in Davenport

“As a middle class Iowan and a Republican, I am standing by President Obama again this election. We tried Mitt Romney’s formula for the past decade, and it crashed our economy and punished the middle class. The President,  meanwhile, believes that relieving millions of American families by extending middle-class tax cuts is the best way to grow our economy. President Obama has provided the necessary health care for us, and the tax cuts will allow savings for education and funds for purchasing American goods and services. Working families just can’t afford Mitt Romney and neither can America. ”  -- Keith Uhl, lawyer in Des Moines

“My husband and I are proud to have had the opportunity to grow our small business and support our family right here in Iowa, and we couldn’t have done it alone. From support from my family and friends, to help from the Small Business Administration to write my small business plan, that support has helped my business succeed. Meanwhile Mitt Romney is looking to hike taxes on the middle class, while giving away more tax breaks for the wealthy. President Obama understands that, and that’s why he has helped small businesses like mine. He’s cut taxes for small businesses, helped them invest and grow, and his jobs plan will help them keep creating two out of every three new jobs. And the President has made it easier for small businesses to access credit, which is vital to adding small businesses to our economy. I know President Obama has my business’s back.”    --Anne McDonough, owner of Plane Art Designs in Dubuque

“Romney’s tax breaks for the wealthy are so large that to pay for them, he’d have to cut some of the most important tax benefits for the middle class. That could force my family to pay higher taxes on my home mortgage. President Obama’s plan reduces the deficit in a balanced way while Mitt Romney’s tax hike on the middle class would be detrimental to my family. That’s way I am supporting the President this election season.” --Andrew Emanuel, father/husband/small business owner in Sioux City


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