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Schilling: "Let’s keep working, govern responsibly" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrea Pivarunas   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:41
Washington, DC – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 6233, the Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act:  

“Advancing the Farm Bill remains a priority of farmers and producers in the 17th District of Illinois, and it remains a priority of mine,” Schilling said. “But it is important that we act now, in a bipartisan fashion, to help rural America and livestock producers during this very difficult drought.”

On July 12, Schilling helped advance the Farm Bill through the House Ag Committee by a bipartisan vote of 35-11.  He also spearheaded a letter to House leadership signed by 78 of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle urging a vote on the Farm Bill before the August district work period.  Schilling last week joined members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation and Governor Pat Quinn in requesting a Secretarial Disaster Declaration from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to help Illinois’ agriculture communities being impacted by the drought currently gripping much of the United States.  The United States Department of Agriculture only yesterday designated 66 counties as primary natural disaster areas.

“It seems that folks only hear of the arguing, bickering, and – arguably the worst of all – deadline crunching in Washington,” Schilling said. “Yesterday, a fellow member of the House said that Congress works like this:  ‘Crisis.  Cliff.  Deadline.  Extension.’  It seems to me that’s just not how the best system of government in the world is supposed to work.

“We have worked in a bipartisan way to achieve results this Congress, but there are a number of important legislative items to get done, including the Farm Bill.  We have an opportunity to provide certainty, Let’s get back to regular, govern responsibly, and pass the Farm Bill, giving our farmers and producers the tools they need to continue feeding the people of America.”

In September 2011, Schilling introduced H.Con.Res. 82, a resolution that would prohibit the Senate or the House of Representatives from adjourning for any period three days or longer unless that chamber has passed a budget for the current fiscal year in addition to all 12 of its regular appropriations bills.   He also is a cosponsor of H.R. 3643, the No Budget, No Pay Act, that would ensure that Members of Congress wouldn’t get paid if Congress doesn’t fulfill its responsibility of passing a budget.  Schilling also voted against adjourning the House for the August district work period.

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Loebsack: Republicans Fail Iowa Farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:37

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House voted on an insufficient agriculture disaster package instead of bringing up a bipartisan farm bill.  Loebsack has called on Congress to stay in session multiple times to get critical work done.

“The worst case scenario came true for Iowa farmers - Republicans are playing politics and leaving early for their summer vacation while there is a historic drought gripping our state. The Republican Majority has refused to pass the single most important piece of legislation for Iowa Farmers – the farm bill.  While I was hoping it would not come to this point, I was afraid it would, which is why I led the delegation in introducing a disaster relief package for farmers and livestock producers.

“The bottom line is - we need a new farm bill and we need disaster aid.  There are bipartisan bills to do both in the House and Senate, but Republicans would rather play politics and pack up and leave for vacation a day early than do the difficult work of actually getting a reformed farm bill done. Unfortunately, today we were forced to take a vote on a bill that is dead on arrival in the Senate to give the Majority Members cover for their August vacation while Iowa farmers suffer and the fields whither.”

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The Chairman's Report August 2, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A. J. Spiker   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:09

Last week, we were fortunate to welcome Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to Iowa. They travelled to Davenport, Coralville and West Des Moines and addressed packed crowds at each event. Both spoke about the need to reaffirm the American Dream for our children and grandchildren and how the fiscal path our nation is currently on is unsustainable. I enjoyed meeting both Governors and I am sure we will see them back in Iowa in the future.

Governor McDonnell and Governor Jindal speak at the Coralville Victory Office

On Saturday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was scheduled to speak at the Capitol in Des Moines but unfortunately he was unable to make it due to plane trouble. That didn’t stop a large crowd from gathering in the rain to hear Governor Branstad speak! Senator Rubio was able to address the crowd by phone and we hope to have him in Iowa soon.

Governor Branstad addresses the crowd in front of the Capitol

This Saturday is Super Saturday all across the nation. Join Republicans in every state as we embark on a massive phonebanking and doorknocking effort. Find the closest Victory Office at the bottom of this email and sign up for a shift! Our Victory Offices help all Republicans up and down the ticket so it is important that we make as many voter contacts as possible.

To Victory,

A.J. Spiker
Chairman, Republican Party of Iowa

 
Middle Class Iowa Family React to Independent Report Romney’s Tax Plan Would Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:00

McLaughlin’s Met President to Discuss Tax Benefits They’ve Seen Since Obama Took Office

Des Moines, IA – Today, middle class Iowa family Jason and Ali McLaughlin reacted to a nonpartisan report out yesterday that found in order for Romney to pay for his $5 trillion of tax cuts weighted toward millionaires and billionaires, he’d have to raise taxes by an average of $2,000 on a middle-class family with children.

President Obama visited the McLaughlin’s in Cedar Rapids in July. The McLaughlin’s spoke to the President about $4900 in tax cuts they have received since President Obama took office. Romney’s tax plan would raise the McLaughlin’s and other family’s taxes, putting a strain on the middle class. Watch a video on the McLaughlin’s HERE.

Statement from Cedar Rapids Family Jason and Ali McLaughlin

“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 tax plan would raise 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.

“President Obama has a plan to prevent a tax hike on the middle class that enacts spending cuts and reforms and asks the wealthiest to pay their fair share again so we can reduce our deficit in a balanced way. On top of the tax cuts our family has benefitted from, The President is calling on Congress to immediately prevent a tax hike on the 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250,000. There is a clear choice between President Obama, who is looking out for families like ours, and Mitt Romney, who puts the interest of the wealthiest American over middle class families.”

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Loebsack to Senate Republicans: Don’t Let Politics Kill Wind Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:41

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today urged the Republican Leader of the Senate Finance Committee to not let politics harm Iowa’s wind energy industry and include the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy in legislation to extend expiring tax programs.  Despite the strong bipartisan support of the PTC, according to reports, political pressure from the Republican Presidential Nominee led Republicans to strip the critical job creating tool from the package.

“The PTC has strong bipartisan support in both chambers, including the entire Iowa Delegation.  Congress should not let politics get in the way of taking action on a critical tax credit that is in the best interest of the country and the economy,” said Loebsack.  “Pulling the rug out from under an industry that has been striving successfully to employ Americans and provide clean energy during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression makes little sense.  I respectfully urge you to act now to extend this critical job-creation tool, not let politics dictate policy on this important matter.”

Loebsack has been a longtime supporter of wind energy.  He has visited wind energy plants across Iowa to see firsthand the need for stability that an extension of the Production Tax Credit would provide and has repeatedly urged the House and Senate leadership to protect these good Iowa jobs.  Loebsack was also named a USA Wind Champion by the American Wind Energy Association for his ongoing support of wind energy in Iowa and working to extend the PTC.

A copy of the letter can be found here.

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