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Walk with Bobby Schilling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby Schilling   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:22
Come walk with us at the only lighted parade in the Quad Cities! The Silvis Moonlight Parade starts this Saturday at dusk with line-up at 7:30pm.

The parade will march down 5th-17th Street. We will be lining up in the empty lot next to Silvis FS Fuel and east of Anchor Lumber.

Please join us! Check out our Facebook event for the parade here.

 
37th HARKIN STEAK FRY TO FEATURE FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Roecker   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:19
Iowa political classic takes place Sunday, September 14th

(INDIANOLA, IOWA) – U.S. Senator Tom Harkin today announced that his last Steak Fry will feature both Bill and Hillary Clinton as speakers. The 42nd President of the United States will be attending his fourth Steak Fry, the Former Secretary of State her second.

Looking ahead to important, closely contested Iowa elections in November, including the one to determine his own Senate successor, Harkin promised to cap 37 years of high powered, high spirited political rhetoric at the Midwestern classic with a bang.

“Not only will this be my last Steak Fry, we’ll also need to rally our troops for outstanding, progressive Iowa champions on the ballot this Fall – all of whom have tough races, all of which we need to win!”

“That’s why I couldn’t be happier than to share this special day with two such close friends. They have contributed so much good, inspiring leadership to this country for many years, and I am sure they will continue to do so in the years ahead,” Harkin said.

First held on a farm in Madison County, the Harkin Steak Fry has become a signature political event in Iowa. Past special guests have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, Senators Paul Wellstone, Al Franken and Bernie Sanders, Governor Martin O’Malley, now-HUD Secretary Julian Castro and all of the major Democratic presidential candidates in 2003 and 2007, among many other luminaries.

The event will be held Sunday, September 14th from 1:00 - 4:00pm at the Indianola Balloon Field.

“What started out nearly 40 years ago as a handful of interested Iowans sitting around on hay bales, discussing politics, has grown to be an iconic gathering,” said Senator Harkin.  “This year's Steak Fry just might be the best ever.”

General admission tickets for the Steak Fry cost $30 and include refreshments and a steak dinner. To purchase tickets, get directions or learn more about the 37th Annual Harkin Steak Fry, visit www.TomHarkin.com or call 515-277-9966.

Register for press credentials at www.TomHarkin.com.
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Did Bustos Mislead the Media and Keep Her Shutdown Pay? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jan Schweppe   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:06
Chief Administrative Officer of the House says Bustos did not give up her shutdown pay. Did Bustos mislead the media and her constituents?

EAST MOLINE, Ill.—During the government shutdown last October, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) received quite a bit of media buzz for foregoing her congressional salary during the shutdown. After receiving a lot of pressure from reporters on October 1st, the first day of the shutdown, Bustos decided to announce the next day that she was giving up her pay in a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House.

The media proceeded to widely report that Congresswoman Bustos was giving up her pay:

QCOnline: "Bustos Foregoes Pay During Shutdown, Durbin Unsure"
Peoria Journal Star: "No Government, No Pay for Rep. Cheri Bustos"
Sauk Valley News: "Bustos Won't Take Pay"
Washington Post: "Bustos 'has asked that her pay be withheld during a shutdown,' according to a spokesman."
CNN: "Bustos 'not accepting a paycheck.'"

But according to the Chief Administrative Officer, all Members of the House of Representatives received their pay in full during the shutdown.

Furthermore, Congresswoman Bustos has removed any reference to her giving up her pay from her website and from her Facebook page, although she did leave a post up on her Twitter account.

Jon Schweppe, communications director at Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that Congresswoman Bustos needs to explain herself.

"Last October, Congresswoman Bustos shamelessly bragged to the media that she would be returning any pay she received during the government shutdown. She received quite a bit of positive press for doing so. But did she return it? The Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives says no. It's time to find out the truth. Did Congresswoman Bustos mislead the public? And why did she remove any reference to giving up her pay from her congressional website and from her Facebook page?"

"At best, Congresswoman Bustos misled the media into thinking she was giving back her pay, and then she failed to correct the record. At worst, she was downright dishonest. This is not the first time Congresswoman Bustos has misled the media, and it surely won't be the last.

"Bobby Schilling didn't just talk about leading by example—he did it. Bobby Schilling rejected the congressional health care plan and pension plan, voted against all pay increases, and cut his office budget by more than 10 percent. What has Congresswoman Bustos done? She promised to forego her pay during the government shutdown, and then she quietly accepted it anyway, hoping that nobody would notice. It's clear that Bobby Schilling is the better choice for Illinois."

To contact the Chief Administrative Officer's office, contact CAO communications director Dan Weiser at 202-226-6660.

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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Army Veteran Tom Hall Discusses Bruce Braley’s Strong Record of Delivering Results for Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Monday, 18 August 2014 10:52
Hall knows firsthand Braley’s strong commitment to delivering results for veterans

DES MOINES, IA – Today in Ankeny, Army veteran Tom Hall discussed Bruce Braley’s strong record of delivering results for Iowa’s veterans. Hall is an Army Ranger veteran, and spoke from personal experience. While he was finishing military school, Hall was denied housing assistance. He reached out to Braley, and Braley delivered results for Hall and the other members of his unit.

Hall said, “Bruce Braley’s record for Iowa’s veterans and military members is a record of results. He has always stood with us, and i believe that veterans as a whole are better off because of Bruce Braley.”

Braley’s record for Iowa’s veterans and military families is one of results. He led a successful effort to secure back-pay and GI Bill benefits for Iowa National Guard members, he introduced and helped pass tax cuts for businesses who hire veterans and worked across the aisle to pass the Andrew Connolly Veterans Housing Act, helping injured and disabled veterans retrofit their homes. Braley has also introduced legislation to incentivize more doctors and nurses to work at the VA to help provide the quality care veterans deserve.
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Sgt. Jesse McCunniff Discusses Bruce Braley’s Strong Record of Delivering Results for Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Friday, 15 August 2014 13:33
McCunniff knows firsthand the results Braley delivered for his National Guard unit

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Today in Cedar Rapids, Iowa National Guard Sergeant Jesse McCunniff discussed Bruce Braley’s strong record of delivering results for Iowa’s veterans. McCunniff is a member of the 1/133rd infantry battalion, and has been deployed to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan during his 17 years in the Iowa National Guard.

McCunniff spoke from personal experience – his unit in the National Guard was initially denied respite pay after their deployment in Iraq was extended. Braley led a successful effort to secure the pay the troops had earned.  Braley also stood up to the Pentagon to ensure that members of the 1/133rd infantry battalion were able to access GI Bill benefits that had previously been denied to them.

McCunniff said, “I am proud to support Bruce Braley because of his strong record of delivering results for Iowa veterans and service members like myself. I know of these results firsthand, and I know of the passion and dedication Bruce has for the thousands of Iowans who serve in our armed forces and the more than 240,000 veterans who call our great state home.”

Braley’s record for Iowa’s veterans and military families is one of results. In addition to securing back-pay and GI Bill benefits for Iowa National Guard members, he introduced and helped pass tax cuts for businesses who hire veterans and worked across the aisle to pass the Andrew Connolly Veterans Housing Act, helping injured and disabled veterans retrofit their homes. Braley has also introduced legislation to incentivize more doctors and nurses to work at the VA to help provide the quality care veterans deserve.
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