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Schilling, Conaway Talk Ag and Trade With Farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Schweppe   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 08:21

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), a key member of the House Agriculture Committee, joins Schilling and local farmers in Geneseo and Rio, Ill.

GENESEO, Ill. and RIO, Ill. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) joined Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) for a question and answer session with local farmers in Geneseo and Rio, Ill. today. Conaway traveled to the Illinois 17th District to support Bobby Schilling in his race against U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline).

Schilling said that agriculture is the heart of the Illinois 17th District, and that he stands with farmers "100 percent."

"Agriculture is our life blood," Schilling said. "It's the largest job creator in the state of Illinois. Our area needs to have a representative in Washington that will help the American farmer feed the world. In order to do that, we need to level the playing field and let our farmers compete.

"More than 50 percent of American agricultural products are shipped to consumers outside of the United States," Schilling continued. "That's why I support trade expansion. It's important that we have fair and free trade. When given the opportunity to compete with a level playing field, we can compete and beat anybody.

"The key topic farmers brought up today was trade expansion and making sure we keep growing into global markets through fair and free trade. My opponent opposes trade and has campaigned heavily against it. Not only is trade important for large 17th District employers like John Deere and Caterpillar, but it is absolutely vital for farmers trying to sell their products. Let's give our farmers the ability to feed the world."

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Bruce Braley Touts His Record Of Bridging Partisan Divides in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Monday, 06 October 2014 10:18
Braley emphasizes his bipartisan accomplishments in Congress & contrasts with Sen. Ernst's Tea Party obstructionism

Braley endorsed by IUPAT on Centennial Bridge

Davenport, IA – Today, Bruce Braley touted his record as a bridge builder in Congress while touring the Centennial Bridge construction site in Davenport.

Braley has a strong record of working across the party divide to deliver results for Iowa and stand up for Iowa’s working families. Braley worked with both Democrats and Republicans to secure back pay and GI Bill benefits that had been denied to hundreds of Iowa National Guard soldiers. In addition, he worked to pass the bipartisan “Back to Work Act” that provided tax credits to businesses hiring unemployed workers. He also has a strong record of working across the aisle to protect and grow Iowa’s agriculture economy– including working for three years to pass the bipartisan Farm Bill and testifying alongside Governor Terry Branstad to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and the 75,000 jobs it supports in Iowa.

In contrast, Sen. Joni Ernst's radical Tea Party agenda, which includes supporting a government shutdown that cost Iowa's economy $112 million and calling the President a "dictator," would only add to the gridlock in Washington. 

“I’m running for U.S. Senate to be a bridge builder, not a bridge burner. I’m proud of my record reaching across the party divide and working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to deliver results for Iowans,” said Braley. “But Sen. Ernst stands with Tea Party obstructionists who are the bridge burners in Congress, and her radical Tea Party agenda would lead to more obstructionism. There’s a clear choice in this race, and Iowans deserve a Senator who will bring people together and put Iowa first.”

Braley, who worked for the Poweshiek County Roads Department to help pay for college, also proudly accepted the endorsement of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades at Centennial Bridge today.

“Congressman Braley’s visit to this project today, in addition to his consistent voting record on fair wages for construction workers, makes it clear that he is determined to get America working again by creating new jobs with infrastructure investment,” said Bobby Gilmore Business Manager for IU PAT District Council 81.  “The IUPAT stands ready to do our part to make certain Congressman Braley continues to fight for working families on Capitol Hill for years to come as our next Senator.”

Bruce Braley: Bridging the Party Divide, Standing Up for Iowa:

Jobs & the Economy
  • Passed into law the “Back to Work Act” that provided tax cuts for businesses hiring unemployed workers—resulted in hiring of tens of thousands of Iowans.
  • Worked with Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) on “New Era Act” to provide job training funding to Eastern Iowa Community College, Hawkeye Community College, and Northeast Iowa Community College for Iowans in the renewable energy sector.
  • Sponsor of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that helps employees fight pay discrimination in the workplace.
  • Along with Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA), helped save jobs at Lennox Manufacturing in Marshalltown by fixing over-burdensome energy regulations.

Helping Iowa Veterans
  • Worked with Republicans John Kline (MN), Michele Bachmann (MN), Tom Latham and Steve King to secure back pay for hundreds of Iowa National Guard members initially denied Respite Leave benefits.
  • Along with Rep. John Kline (R-MN), led a Congressional investigation into the Pentagon’s denial of GI Bill benefits that led to successful awarding of benefits to 600 members of Iowa National Guard
  • In honor of Holley Lynn James, worked with Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on the Holley Lynn James Act to strengthen the military’s response to sexual assault and domestic violence in its ranks.  Provisions of this bill are now law.
  • Worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass the Andrew Connolly Veterans Housing Act into law.
  • Alongside Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman, passed a tax credit for businesses to hire veterans that benefitted nearly 1,400 Iowa veterans.

Fighting Back Against Social Security Reductions
  • This summer, successfully prevented service cut at 19 Iowa Social Security offices by building bipartisan coalition around Braley’s Seniors’ Access to Social Security Act

Protecting Iowa’s Renewable Energy Industry
  • Testified alongside Gov. Terry Branstad at EPA hearing to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard that supports nearly 75,000 Iowa jobs.

Strengthening Iowa Families
  • Worked with Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) on the “Making Adoption Affordable Act” that made the adoption tax credit permanent, making it easier for countless Iowa families to adopt.

Streamlining Government
  • Along with Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), saved money and time for small businesses and individuals by simplifying government paperwork through passage of the Plain Writing Act.
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Schilling Reaffirms Promises to the Illinois 17th District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Schweppe   
Monday, 06 October 2014 09:58

Will reject defined benefit congressional pension plan

Will take his own health care plan to Washington

Schilling: "I'm in this to serve people, not myself."

EAST MOLINE, IL -- Bobby Schilling (R-Colona), Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the Illinois 17th District, has once again promised to reject the defined benefit congressional pension plan and take his own health care plan to Washington if elected to the 114th Congress on November 4.

"When I make a promise, I keep it," Schilling said. "While I served in Congress, I rejected the defined benefit congressional pension plan and turned down the health care package. I'm in this to serve people, not myself, and I don't think the office should be used for personal financial gain.

"I invite my opponent to join me in giving up the defined benefit congressional pension to show that she's serious about balancing the budget and getting this great nation back on track. It's the right thing to do."

Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Christie for 28 years and together they have 10 children. Schilling represented the Illinois 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2012, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Schilling is seeking another term and is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

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Written by Paid for by Pate for Iowa   
Monday, 06 October 2014 09:34


(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has been named a "Friend of Iowa Business" by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry in his bid to become Iowa's next Secretary of State.

"Paul Pate has demonstrated a commitment to improving Iowa's business and regulatory climate so that employers can create more jobs and grow the economy," ABI President Michael Ralston said.
ABI is comprised of more than 1,400 companies that employ more than 300,000 Iowans. As "The Voice of Iowa Business Since 1903", ABI works to enhance the Iowa business climate to foster growth and prosperity for all Iowans.  IIPAC evaluates candidates based on their support for a competitive business climate with a focus on creating Iowa jobs. Criteria used to make the designations include the candidates' positions on issues based on questionnaire responses as well as interviews with members of IIPAC Board. The selections are made by the IIPAC board, which is made of 11 bipartisan ABI members from across Iowa.

Pate, "I'm proud to have the continued support of Iowa's leading business association and proof positive that my business record and plan to improve the business services division of the Secretary of State's office is what Iowa's entrepreneurs need."

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.


Harkin Continues Legacy Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Friday, 03 October 2014 14:55

Events highlighting Harkin’s investments in Iowa

Davenport, Ames, Creston, Atlantic, Des Moines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced several events in Iowa this week designed to complement a legacy tour announced earlier this summer. A full list of his public events follows.

Friday, October 3 – Davenport
4:00 P.M.        ATEEC Interactive Learning Lab
Location: Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
201 N. Harrison Street
Suite 102


Senator Harkin will visit the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) Interactive Learning Lab at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges to tour the center’s labs and education centers. ATEEC is a National Center of Excellence that promotes and supports environmental and energy technology education to address the needs of the national and global workforce. Harkin has long supported community college and higher education initiatives. Since 2007, Harkin has secured more than $570,000 to purchase equipment and to build an additional center at ATEEC that includes a hands-on learning lab, office space, and college and K-12 classrooms to teach and expand development and use of sustainable energy.

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