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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

Pundit: Then-and-Now Numbers Reveal Obama’s Weaknesses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 12:19

As President Barack Obama nears the end of his first term, many are wondering what has changed since he took office. Others wonder, “What is he thinking?”

Within his first 100 days in the White House, Obama made his most expensive legislative move: the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – the stimulus package.

The stimulus money was meant to turn the tide of the recession by stopping job losses, creating new employment and generally investing in the country’s infrastructure, including “green” energy. Obama promised it “includes help for those hardest hit by our economic crisis,” and “as a whole, this plan will help poor and working Americans.” That was a lie, says Stephen Goldberg, author of Obama’s Shorts (www.ObamasShorts.com), a collection of 23 satirical short stories that take a humorous look at the new rules and regulations governing Americans’ lives.

The states hardest hit by the recession received the least money.  Instead of helping out those in the toughest shape, Obama’s stimulus ended up helping his supporters, including unions and many very wealthy supporters. Can you say cha-ching!?

“Our ‘recovery’ is stagnant at best; we got a flaccid return on the stimulus. For all the money spent, we have received very little hope and change in return.”

Goldberg says a side-by-side snapshot of where the country stood when Obama took office in January 2009 and where things are now paints a clear picture:

• Unemployment Then: 7.8 percent
Unemployment Now: 8.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
• National Average for Gas Prices Then: $1.83
National Average for Gas Prices Now: $3.87, according to the Energy Information Administration
• National Debt Then: $10.627 trillion
National Debt Now: $15.620 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department
• Americans on Food Stamps Then: 31,983,716
Americans on Food Stamps Now (as of January): 46,449,850, according to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP

Many blame this year’s disappointing first-quarter economic recovery figures on Europe’s marketplace troubles, uncontrollable oil prices and skittish-to-hire employers.

“Mr. Obama didn’t say he was going to be the ‘it gets worse before it gets better’ president.” Goldberg says. “Isn’t anyone tired of excuses from politicians and their friends? There are always external factors, but that’s where smarter policy needs to come in. All presidents have faced serious problems that had to be solved.

With unemployment ranging from 8 to 10 percent during Obama’s four years, Goldberg worries that millions of Americans have gotten used to handouts.

“Millions were filled with optimism when Obama took office,” he says. “People compared him to Kennedy, who despite some of his shortcomings said to young people, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.’ I think that message to young people is now reversed.”

About Stephen Goldberg

Stephen Goldberg is a conservative political pundit who posts his wry observations on breaking news at www.obamasshorts.com. He started his professional life as a comedian and turned to dentistry as a more reliable way to make a living – though he never stopped getting his audience to laugh. He’s been married 45 years and has three children and three grandchildren.

Organizing for America Iowa Opens Office in Muscatine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Monday, 25 June 2012 09:14

DES MOINES – Organizing for America Iowa has opened an office in Muscatine County with Rep. Dave Loebsack. The Muscatine office is the 10th campaign office in Iowa. It follows the opening of the Mason City office, which took place last Wednesday.

The Obama campaign has been on the ground building a network of volunteers and reaching out to friends and neighbors in local communities about the progress President Obama has made to strengthen the economy for the long term and provide economic security to middle class families, while the Romney campaign’s strategy is to bombard the airwaves with ads funded by billionaire-backed superPACs.

This election offers Iowans two drastically different campaign approaches and two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs, and pay down the debt.  Governor Romney believes that if you take away regulations and cut taxes by trillions of dollars, the market will solve all our problems on its own.  While the President believes the economy grows not from the top down, but from the middle class up, and he has an economic plan to do that -- a plan that focuses on education, energy, innovation, infrastructure, and a tax code that creates American jobs and pays down our debt in a way that's balanced.

OFA Muscatine Office

1012 E. 9th St.

Muscatine, IA


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