Washington, DC - May 24, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) called on Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to provide a state-by-state assessment of the impact of the proposed Delta Airlines-US Airways slot swap deal. Rep. Braley sent a letter to LaHood raising concerns about the possible effect of this deal on states like Iowa, which have limited flight options and depend heavily on a few carriers such as Delta.

"Iowa families and businesses have long expressed frustration at the lack of options when it comes to air travel and I don't want to see our choices limited even further," said Rep. Braley. "Delta is a major carrier in Iowa and numerous communities across the country. I strongly believe that we should assess the possible effects of a deal like this and we should know what impact this would have on personal and business travel to and from our communities."

A copy of Rep. Braley's letter is available here: http://go.usa.gov/jzV

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Washington, DC - May 18, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after receiving the Iowa Medical Society Presidential Citation Award. The award was presented to Rep. Braley by the Iowa Medical Society "in honor of his tireless work to restore geographic equity to physician Medicarereimbursement":

"Iowa doctors and hospitals provide some of the highest quality, lowest cost care in the country. But instead of rewarding this achievement, our Medicare system actually punished these providers with lower reimbursement rates than providers in other states. This is blatantly unfair, and threatens to discourage providers from giving patients the best possible care. I fought long and hard to fix this inequity during the health care negotiations, and I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish with the great help of Iowa doctors and hospitals."


Throughout the debate on health care reform, Rep. Braley fought to address long-standing geographic disparities in Medicare reimbursements, and to increase reimbursements for high-quality, low-cost care.  Iowa doctors, hospitals, and health care providers have long suffered from an unfair Medicare formula, which reimbursed them at a lower rate thanproviders in other states - all while they were offering some of the highest quality, lowest-cost care in the nation. Thanks to Rep. Braley's efforts, Iowa doctors are now seeing a 10% increase in reimbursement rates and Iowa hospitals are receiving $33 million in additional reimbursements this year and next year.


Washington, DC - May 17, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after officials reported that Pvt. 2 Alexander Meyer, an Iowa National Guard soldier from Ainsworth, was wounded by gunfire in Afghanistan:

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Alexander and his family. As he begins his recovery in Germany, I hope he knows we're all pulling for him. This has been a very difficult time for all Iowans and the entire National Guard family. My heart goes out to all these brave young men and women and their families."


Three Iowans were killed in Afghanistan in April.


Washington, DC - On Monday, May 16th, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) will make several stops in Davenport. In the morning, Rep. Braley will participate in the commuter bike ride as part of QC in Motion Week. Rep. Braley will then join representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Active Quad Cities and the QC Bicycle Club for a breakfast briefing on QC in Motion Week. Rep. Braley will then visit Davenport North High School to congratulate the 3rd place winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the First District. He will also congratulate the honorable mention winner and several students who submitted their artworks to the competition.

QC in Motion Week Bike Ride/Breakfast Briefing
WHAT: Congressman Braley will participate in the commuter bike ride and breakfast briefing as part of QC in Motion Week. 

WHEN:  MONDAY, May 16, 6:45-8:00 AM CDT

WHERE: Bike ride starting location ? Kaplan University Parking Lot; 1801 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa

Bike ride ending location/breakfast briefing ? Bechtel Park; 499 East 2nd Street; Davenport, Iowa

Congressional Art Competition Winner Visit
WHAT: Congressman Braley will visit Davenport North High School to congratulate the 3rd place winner of the Congressional Art Competition. 

WHEN:  MONDAY, May 16, 9:15-9:45 AM CDT
WHERE: Davenport North High School; Library ICN Room: 626 W 53rd Street; Davenport, Iowa

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Washington, DC - May 13, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced a bill to help veterans who return from combat and are facing foreclosure stay in their homes. The Protecting Veterans' Homes Act would protect veterans from being foreclosed upon by banks and would give returning soldiers time to get their finances in order after long deployments.

"Our veterans often return from combat only to face new challenges," said Rep. Braley. "Whether it's an injury or a financial crisis caused by long deployments and time off from their civilian jobs, our veterans deserve to know that we're standing up for them. This bill will give our soldiers enough time to get back on their feet and get their finances in order before being kicked out of their homes. This is the least we can do for the brave men and women who serve this country."

Currently, similar protections for veterans are set to expire in December of 2012. Rep. Braley's bill would make these protections permanent and would extend the grace period from nine months to a full year for veterans returning from deployments.


Washington, DC - May 11, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced the three winners of the 2011 annual Congressional Art Competition, "An Artistic Discovery".

Krista Stork, a junior from Dubuque Hempstead High School, won first place for herpiece "Why Poverty". Lisa Davis, a senior from Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School, received second place for her piece "Individuality is the Movement". And Brock Cavett, a junior from Davenport North High School for his piece "The Hardest Thing in Life ".

"Each year, talented students from across Iowa submit great artwork to the Congressional Art Competition - and this year was no different," said Rep. Braley. "I'm proud to announce the winners of this year's competition and I extend my congratulations to the eight semi-finalists."

This year, Rep. Braley's office accepted submissions online and allowed constituents to vote for their favorite artwork. More than 1,500 people voted online. The full list of winners and semi-finalists, as well as the online gallery of submissions, is posted on Rep. Braley's website at: http://go.usa.gov/jrA

The winner of this year's competition will receive two roundtrip plane tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Capitol. The Congressional Art Competition, initiated by Congress in 1982, is a nation-wide high school arts competition sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. One piece from each Congressional district is displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for a year.

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Washington, DC - May 11, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, calling on him to repeal tax subsidies for big oil companies. Rep. Braley urged Speaker Boehner to bring a bill to the House Floor that would repeal oil subsidies at a time when oil companies are making record profits but gas prices are skyrocketing at the pump.

"I was pleased to read Speaker Boehner's recent statements acknowledging that eliminating tax subsidies for big oil companies is 'something we should be looking at' and I'm glad that other members of the Republican party such as Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Charles

Grassley have also questioned whether these types of subsidies areappropriate," said Rep. Braley. "It seems clear that the push to end oil tax subsidies now has bipartisan political support. And I think it's past due time to bring a bill to the House Floor that would repeal big oil's tax breaks."

A CNN poll released earlier this week shows that 9 in 10 Americansblame big oil companies for the recent spike in gas prices.

A copy of Rep. Braley's letter is available here: http://go.usa.gov/j1C


For hundreds of years, Americans have relied on their local post office as their main form of communication. Before Facebook, text messages, emails, and even cables, we had letters and packages, thanks to the postal service that delivered them to our door and our town. Postal workers and letter carriers were, and still are, the driving force to ensure that everyAmerican has access to consistent, reliable mail service. But now thatservice is in jeopardy as Washington politicians put more and more rural post offices on the chopping block.

In my own family, my wife's grandfather worked as a letter carrier. After serving in World War I, he came home and went to work as a letter carrier for the post office in Dubuque, Iowa. He was so well regarded and respected among his fellow letter carriers that he was presented with a gavel made out of timber from the White House. Now, that gavel - and the pride in one's work and community that it symbolizes - is a prized possession in our household.

During the Second World War, my father relied on the post office as his only form of communication with his family. Half a world away, he was only 18 when he served at Iwo Jima, but he was still able to send and receive letters from his mother and his loved ones. If it weren't for the hardworking employees of the United States Postal Service (USPS), these letters would never have made their way to him. And on Mother's Day in 1945, while he was recuperating on Guam, my father used the mail to send flowers to his mother in Iowa.

Today, many Iowans still rely on their local post office for their main form of communication. Whether you use the post office to write letters to loved ones far away or to send and receive packages, the post office continues to be a reliable and necessary service. And even in the age of electronic communication, small-town post offices serve as the heart of so many communities across Iowa. Going into your local post office is about more than just getting the mail - it's about catching up on the local gossip, checking in on friends and neighbors, and staying connected to your community. Our local post offices provide good-paying jobs to Iowans and they remain astrong presence in many small-town economies.

Unfortunately, in recent years we've witnessed the closing of many post offices across the state. In towns like Volga, St. Olaf and Arlington, post offices have already been closed. And now communities like Evansdale and New Hartford are facing closures of their own. Some of these closings have come so abruptly that communities don't even have a chance to make their protests heard or rally to save the post office.

But now, bending to political pressure, the USPS is planning to close even more small-town post offices. The USPS has proposed new regulations that would consolidate or close many small town post offices.

That's not the way we treat our neighbors in Iowa, and I will continue to make sure our rural communities have a voice when it comes to issues that affect them. That's why, just this week, I sent a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe expressing my grave concern over these new proposed regulations. I urged the Postmaster General to reconsider and not to issue new government regulations that would lead to the closing of even more rural post offices in our state. I strongly believe that these closings would lead to job loss and would cause many headaches for Iowans in rural communities who rely on their local post office. But I also know that if we stand together and make our voice heard, we can prevent these closings.

After the 2008 floods devastated parts of our district, the post office in Greene was in danger of closing. The post office was badly damaged because of the floods, but as the people of Greene rallied to repair and revive after the flooding, I was pleased to work with the community to help prevent this post office from closing. And just like I did then, I intend to keep fighting for all the post offices in my district.

With our growing national deficit, we certainly need to look at all the ways we can save money. But closing post offices that so many small towns and rural communities rely on will not solve the financial troubles of the USPS or the U.S. government - it will serve as a financial and moral blow to Iowans who can least afford it. The United States Postal Service has a long and proud history. Shuttering the post offices that serve as the hearts andsouls of our small towns would be a devastating closing chapter.


Washington, DC - May 10, 2011 -Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) wrote a letter to Governor Terry Branstad urging him to work with the Republican leadership of the State House to stimulate Iowa's economy and create jobs by funding the high-speed passenger rail line from Chicago to Iowa City through the Quad Cities.

Rep. Braley helped secure $230 million in federal funding for the new Amtrak route between Chicago and Iowa City. The project now depends onGovernor Branstad and the State Legislature fulfilling the remainder of Iowa's $20 million-portion of the funding.

"I urge Governor Branstad to work with leaders of the Iowa State House to bring these jobs to Iowa," said Rep. Braley. "Now is not the time for timid policies and small politics. With this historic investment, and under Governor Branstad's leadership, our state can move forward and we can get Iowa's economy back on track."

The project is scheduled for completion in 2015 and would create 588 jobs per year for the first four years of design and construction. Once initiated, the new rail service is expected to increase business activity in the state by $25 million per year.

A copy of Rep. Braley's letter is available here: http://braley.house.gov/images/stories/Documents/Braley%20Letter%20to%20Gov.%20Branstad.pdf


Washington, DC - May 9, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced that Iowa will benefit from over $268 million awarded to five Midwestern states for the continued development of high speed rail lines.

This award allows for the purchase of 48 passenger rail cars and 7 locomotives for 8 corridors in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.  These new cars and locomotives will be able to travel up to speeds of 125 mph to comply with the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.  The new equipment will replace aging Amtrak equipment with cars that add capacity for anticipated usage, improve operational reliability and reduce operating costs.

"Today's announcement is great news for Iowans and our neighbors," Braley said. "Passenger rail is critical to the continued economic development of the region. This is one more step to create jobs and put Iowa's economy back on track."

In October, the Department of Transportation awarded $230 million in federal funding for a new Amtrak route between Chicago and Iowa City through the Quad Cities. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015 and will create 588 jobs per year for the first four years of design and construction.  Once initiated, the new rail service is expected to increase business activity by $25 million per year.