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Vice President Biden to Travel to Iowa, Highlight President Obama’s Record on Strengthening the Middle Class PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Monday, 25 June 2012 07:30

Two-day tour will include stops in Waterloo, Dubuque and Clinton

DES MOINES – This week, June 26-27, Vice President Biden will travel to Eastern Iowa on the Strengthening the Middle Class Tour to highlight President Obama’s ongoing efforts to grow Iowa’s rural economy and bolster middle-class security for Iowa’s workers. The two-day tour will include stops in Waterloo, Dubuque and Clinton, Iowa.

In remarks during the tour, the Vice President will discuss how President Obama is helping create an economy built to last – one focused on reclaiming the security of the rural middle class and restoring the basic values of hard work and fair play that made our country great. Under President Obama, Iowa’s economy is improving and benefiting from record national farm incomes and exports, with nearly 20,000 additional manufacturing jobs created and a growing renewable energy sector.

Vice President Biden will also lay out the clear economic choice in this election--between the President’s vision for moving our country forward, ensuring an economy built to last and economic security for the middle class, and Mitt Romney’s vision, which would take us back to the same failed economic policies that brought on the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Additional details are forthcoming.

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Obama for America Releases New Television Ads: “Mosaic” and “Come and Go” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:05

DES MOINES -- As Mitt Romney continues to evade his record as governor of Massachusetts, Obama for America today released two new television advertisements – “Mosaic” and “Come and Go” – as part of its continuing effort to highlight the reality of his failed economic policies.

When Romney ran for governor, he promised that he wouldn’t raise taxes and that he would use the values he learned in business to create jobs. But today’s ads make clear that he broke those promises and left Massachusetts worse off.

As highlighted in “Mosaic,” Romney raised more than 1,000 taxes and fees totaling more than $1.5 billion.  He raised each resident’s tax burden by $1,200 per person, an increase of 30 percent. Romney increased fees for everything from milk to nursing homes, from school bus rides to poultry inspections. Fees also increased for gun owners and electricians.

And as highlighted in “Come and Go,” Mitt Romney brought the same values he learned in the private sector to the state house, outsourcing call center jobs to India instead of hiring workers from his own state.

Even today, as he runs for president, Mitt Romney still doesn’t have a jobs plan -- instead relying on the same failed ideas that he implemented in Massachusetts. They didn’t work then, and they won’t work now.

“Mosaic” and “Come and Go” are airing in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada.

Please click HERE to watch “Mosaic” and HERE to read the backup.

Please click HERE to watch “Come and Go” and HERE to read the backup.


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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 08:26

Department of Health and Human Services today releases new data; nationwide 3.1 million have benefitted

DES MOINES --- Today, the Department of Health and Human Services published new data that shows 20,000 young adults in Iowa who would otherwise be uninsured remained covered on their family’s plan, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Nationwide, approximately 3.1 million young people have benefitted from the law, passed in March, 2010, which allows young adults under 26 to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan.

Before Obamacare, adult children would usually be kicked off the family plan when they turned 18 or graduated from school, but young adults often have entry level jobs that don’t provide health insurance.  As a result, young people were the age group most likely to be uninsured.  Under the health care law, that’s changing.  Obamacare requires insurance companies to allow young people to stay on their family health insurance until they turn 26, which has provided a critical bridge for millions of young people across the country.

To learn more about this announcement, visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2012/06/young-adults06192012a.html


Lt. Gov. Reynolds named to 100 Women Leaders in STEM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Governor's Office   
Monday, 18 June 2012 14:47

(DES MOINES) – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector™.

“I am deeply honored to be named one of the top 100 women leaders in STEM,” said Reynolds. “As I travel across Iowa and meet with local businesses and schools, STEM becomes an increasingly important topic of the future of Iowa’s economy.”

Reynolds serves as the co-chair, with University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen, of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, which created by Executive Order 74 to grow Iowa’s commitment to bolstering STEM education, STEM innovation and to better position Iowa’s young people and the state’s economy for the future.

“As part of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, we want to target young Iowans and give them the tools necessary to prepare for STEM careers. We want to have both the schools and businesses at the table working together and collaborating in a public-private partnership that creates solutions for Iowa’s unemployment rate and ignites opportunities for students,” said Reynolds.

STEMconnector™ publishes an annual publication called the 100 Women Leaders in STEM to honor the initiatives and careers of women promoting STEM education, business practices and workforce development across the United States. The mission of STEMconnector™ is to provide information and resources that increase communication, encourages collaboration and promotes sustainable and replicable approaches to STEM education interventions.

For more information, visit www.STEMconnector.org.

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Washington Politician Ben Lange Dances When Pressed for Social Security Straight-Talk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Molly Scherrman   
Monday, 18 June 2012 14:00

Ben Lange says he’s a straight-talker on tough issues, but if you listen to him, all you hear is another Washington politician.  It’s obvious Lange learned a few things from his years working in Congress.
Just take his comments on Social Security on Friday.
Social Security ensures Iowa seniors have a secure retirement after working their whole lives.  The program also provides critical benefits to people with disabilities and widows with dependent children.
Workers pay into Social Security and in return get a guaranteed income at retirement age and the peace of mind knowing if they’re disabled and can’t work, or if they pass away unexpectedly, their families will have a safety net to fall back on.
Bruce Braley is working to protect and preserve Social Security for future generations, but Ben Lange wants to radically alter the program in ways that will endanger its very survival.
During Friday’s taping of Iowa Press, Lange reiterated his support for ending Social Security as we know it, telling voters he supports a two-tiered system that replaces Social Security for middle-aged workers and replaces it with retirement accounts that are gambled in the stock market.
Yet, when pressed for details on his Social Security privatization plan, Lange began dancing a Washington two-step worthy of Fred Astaire.  

It must have been awkward with IA-02 GOP nominee John Archer sitting next to him, who had just candidly discussed his own plan to raise the Social Security retirement age and end Social Security completely for some retirees.
Watch for yourself: http://youtu.be/vTuQkqusMIw

Lange is apparently incapable of giving a straight, yes-or-no answer to tough questions about his Social Security plan, but Iowans deserve to know details about his radical ideas.  Will Lange give a straight answer to these questions, or will he keep sounding like a seasoned Washington politician?
  1. Does Ben Lange agree with John Archer that the Social Security retirement age needs to be raised?
  2. How would Ben Lange’s plan to privatize Social Security affect Social Security disability benefits and benefits for widows with dependent children?
  3. What’s the cutoff age for Social Security benefits under Lange’s plan?  How old does Lange think you need to be to continue to receive Social Security benefits as promised?
  4. Does Lange agree with John Archer that Social Security should be a “means-tested” program and should be cut off altogether for some middle class workers?

Bruce Braley Ben Lange
Wants to maintain Social Security benefits.

Opposes privatizing Social Security.

Opposes raising the Social Security retirement age.

Supports maintaining Social Security benefits for workers who have paid into the system.

Wants to “change” Social Security.

Supports privatizing Social Security.

Wants to take Social Security funds of some middle age workers and gamble them in the stock market.

We don’t know if he supports raising the retirement age.

We don’t know if he supports making Social Security means-tested.

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