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Loebsack Public Schedule for Tuesday, July 3rd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 02 July 2012 14:37

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack is continuing his focus throughout the week on servicemembers, veterans, military families, and veterans services.  Dave will hear firsthand from veterans, meet with military family members and honor the men and women who work so hard to support our troops.

Host Veterans Forum

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

WHAT Dave will continue a series of Veterans forums he is hosting throughout Iowa

WHERE Walden Place

2426 Walden Place

Iowa City

TIME 9:30am


Visit YMCA Military Kids Camp

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

WHAT Dave will have lunch with kids of military families who are participating in the camp

WHERE Camp Abe Lincoln

1624 Front St. (HWY 22)

Blue Grass

TIME Lunch begins at Noon


Visit Shelter House

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

WHAT Dave will meet with staff to discuss the recent grant the Shelter House received to assist homeless veterans find employment

WHERE 429 Southgate Ave

Iowa City

TIME 2:30pm


Attend Red, White and Boom to Present House Resolution Honoring the Arsenal’s 150th Anniversary

WHO Congressman Dave Loebsack

Congressman Bobby Schilling

WHAT Congressmen Loebsack and Schilling will present a copy of House Resolution 720, honoring the Rock Island Arsenal’s 150th Anniversary at locations in Illinois and Iowa

WHERE Schwiebert Park

On the river front between 17th and 20th Streets
Rock Island, IL

6:30 pm

LeClaire Park

400 West Beiderbecke Drive





Congressman Bruce Braley Holding Conference Call to Announce Veterans & Military Families for Obama PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:39

OFA to Announce that July is Veterans for Obama Month

DES MOINES – Tomorrow, Congressman Bruce Braley will host a conference call to announce the Veterans & Military Families for Obama Steering Committee.  Two members of the Committee Marc Wallace from Des Moines and Sarah Petersen from Sioux City will join Rep. Braley on the call.

The President knows that sacred trust with those who serve and protect our nation. It's a commitment that begins at enlistment, and it must never end -- we owe our veterans and their families the care they were promised and the benefits they have earned.

The Steering Committee will engage fellow veterans across the state about the importance of this next election. They will help lay out the choice between President Obama and Mitt Romney’s plans and what they really mean for veterans and their families.

Members of the committee come from: Ames, Belmond, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Lu Verne, New Vienna, Riverside, Salem, Sheffield and Sioux City.

Monday, July 2

1:00 PM

WHAT: Congressman Bruce Braley will host a conference call to announce the Veterans and Military Families for Obama Steering Committee Members

WHO: Congressman Bruce Braley

Marc Wallace, U.S. Army Intelligence Corps, Iowa National Guard and the 2008 State Chairman of Iowa Veterans for Obama

Sarah Petersen, Military wife whose husband served two tours overseas

Two Weeks, Six Bipartisan Accomplishments for Braley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:01

The Supreme Court’s landmark healthcare decision is dominating headlines across Iowa and the United States today.  Your attention is likely focused on the implications of this historic decision for Iowa and its effect on thousands of Iowans, and rightfully so.

But I wanted to take a break from healthcare for a brief moment to draw your attention to a remarkable series of accomplishments in recent days by Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01).  Even for a representative recognized for his effectiveness, the previous two weeks have been some of the most productive in his Congressional career.

That this string of bipartisan achievements has come at a time of historically bitter division in Washington by a representative in the political minority in Congress makes it all the more impressive.  Simply put, Rep. Braley couldn’t have found success on these measures without effectively bringing people together from both sides of the partisan divide.

They may not be accomplishments that will command bold headlines in newspapers or lead the evening news, but they represent the kind of real progress on issues we need to protect jobs in Iowa for middle class families and veterans, keep our kids safer, and create new economic opportunities.

In the words of our Vice President, it’s is a big… well, you get the idea.

Without further ado, I bring you Braley’s Big Six Bipartisan Accomplishments (of the last 10 days):


1. Better Use of Refrigerator Regulations Amendment. Bipartisan bill introduced May 2012 by Braley and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03); amendment version unanimously adopted by the US House and added to HR 4480, the Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012, on 6/21/12.  Measure removes burdensome government regulations on refrigerated deli-style display cases that threaten the future of their manufacture in the United States.  Lennox Industries (facilities in Marshalltown, Iowa) makes the deli cases.  More information: http://go.usa.gov/wa8

·         Marshalltown T-R: Braley Helps Remove Red Tape Impeding Manufacturing

2. Kadyn’s Amendment. Bipartisan amendment unanimously adopted by the US House and added to HR 5972, the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act, on 6/27/12.  Requires 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.  More information: http://go.usa.gov/wxe

·         Des Moines Register: Kadyn’s Amendment passes US House

·         KCRG: Kadyn’s Amendment included in Transportation Bill

·         Mason City Globe-Gazette: US House passes Kadyn’s Amendment

3. HR 3524, Disabled Veterans Employment Protection Act. Bill introduced November 2011 by Braley was unanimously approved by the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 6/28/12.  Provides military and National Guard veterans up to 4 weeks of unpaid leave each calendar year for treatment for a service-related injury without fear of losing their jobs.  More information: http://go.usa.gov/vJ0

4. HR 5747, Military Veteran Home Protection Act. Introduced May 2012 by Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07).  Braley version introduced and unanimously adopted by Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 6/29/12 expands and improves protections from home foreclosures against military veterans and surviving spouses of servicemembers who died while serving our country.

5. HR 4057, Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act. Introduced February 2012 by Rep. Gus Bilrakis (FL-09). Braley version introduced and unanimously adopted by Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on 6/29/12 targets aggressive and deceptive marketing to service members and veterans by some educational institutions and provides veterans with standard information about post-secondary institutions to help vets make more informed choices about college.

6. HR 3826, Keeping College Affordable Act. Co-introduced by Braley and others in January 2012, was the first legislative proposal to keep college student loan interest rates low.  Blocks the increase in student loan interest rates by indefinitely extending the low, 3.4 percent interest rate on subsidized federal student loans.  Today, the US House approved in a bipartisan vote a compromise version that keeps student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent for the next year.  More information: http://go.usa.gov/waf

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EXCERPTS: Vice President Biden’s Remarks in Waterloo, Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 13:31

DES MOINES -- Today, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks in Waterloo, Iowa.

Below are excerpts of his remarks as prepared for delivery --


“Here’s the bottom line:  Bain and their companies made a lot of money facilitating the outsourcing and offshoring of American jobs.

“Yeah, they made a lot of money, but in the process, they devastated American communities.”

“So give Mitt Romney credit:  He is a job creator.  In Singapore.  And China.  And India.”

“As governor, his administration signed a $160,000 a month contract that paid people abroad to help poor people in Massachusetts get food stamps.

“And when the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill saying you couldn’t outsource state contracts overseas...he vetoed it.”

“His whole career, Mitt Romney has looked at the American worker as part of  the problem…

“The president and I see you -- the American worker --  as part of the solution.  ---

“So to all those skeptics -- and to our Republican opponents especially:

“Don’t tell me that America can’t make things anymore…  can’t compete on the world market again…  can’t lead the world again.”



“You don’t have to look any further than Waterloo.   Look at the John Deere local.  Over the last two years, Deere has added 850 jobs – almost all of them good, union, manufacturing jobs -- and is looking at the highest total employment in 15 years.

“You’re not only making them, you’re exporting them.

“And Romney called the President ‘out of touch’ for encouraging young people – you --  to try to get manufacturing jobs.  ‘Out of touch.’  “Out of touch?

“A perspective president with a Swiss bank account and a retirement account in the Cayman Islands.  Anyone here have a Swiss bank account?   Did you ever think the nominee of a major political party running for President would have a Swiss bank account?  “Talk about out of touch.”

“We will never outsource our way to greatness.

“The greatness of this nation is in the grit and determination of the American people.

“And it’s because of you, our country is coming back.”


New Iowa-Specific Ad Released by Obama for America PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Purchia   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 13:02

On the day that Vice President Biden is kicking off his Strengthening the Middle Class Tour through Eastern Iowa, Obama for America released a new Iowa-specific TV ad in the state.


Referring to the Washington Post story that revealed that Romney's companies were pioneers in shipping US jobs overseas, the ad asks “does Iowa really want an Outsourcer-In-Chief in the White House?”


In remarks in Waterloo, the Vice President will highlight President Obama’s ongoing efforts to grow Iowa’s rural economy and bolster middle-class security for Iowa families while taking on Mitt Romney’s history of shipping American jobs overseas.


Click here to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLyL4N2O_So

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