Archive for May 23, 2012
Thursday, May 24th
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center
3000 E. Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50317
Guests should arrive at the main entrance of the fairgrounds at the intersection of E. 30th and Grand Ave.
Tickets are not required. Event is open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.
Speaking in Pocahontas, Iowa on Monday, May 21, Steve King compared immigrants to dogs.
King holds town hall in Pocahontas
Location: 607 13th Street North, Pocahontas IA
“…We’ve always had bird dogs around our place in our family there’s a black lab and white lab a yellow lab, and my brother has a chocolate lab. Well you go in and you look at a litter of pups, and you watch them. You watch how they play — they run around a little bit — and what do you want? You want a good bird dog, and you want one that’s gonna be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest, the one that’s in games the most — not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner. You want a pet to sit on the couch, pick the one that’s sleeping in the corner. That’s — so, you get the pick of the litter, you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. We got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet because it’s hard to get here, you had to be inspired to come. We got the vigor from the planet to come to America. Whichever generation it was, and then we taught our children that same thing.”
“King has long been one of Congress’ most vociferous and toxic opponents of illegal immigration and “amnesty,” often partnering with notorious immigration hawks like former congressman Tom Tancredo and Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2010, he took to the House floor to declare that he could detect “illegals” by their footwear and his ‘sixth sense.’
Lately, however, King has backed off his inflammatory rhetoric, thanks to a tough challenge from Democrat Christie Vilsack. His bird dog comments suggest, however, that his mouth will continue to dog him.”
Farm Bill Listening Tour
The Farm Bill is the single most important piece of legislation this year that affects Iowa jobs and the Iowa economy. Congress must pass a new Farm Bill by September 30, and it’s my job to listen to Iowans and get their feedback on what needs to be included in this important bill.
That’s why I’ve begun a series of Farm Bill listening sessions throughout eastern Iowa. From renewable energy to conservation programs, from crop insurance to agricultural research and rural development, the Farm Bill has a huge impact on our state.
Just recently, I visited Grinnell, Independence, Marengo, Marshalltown, Toledo, and Vinton. More stops are planned, and I’ll be sure to let you know when a session is coming near you so that I can listen to your concerns and answer your questions.
I’m proud to announce that I’ve recently signed on to bipartisan legislation that would amend the US Constitution to require the federal government to balance its budget so government spending cannot exceed revenue.
It’s a simple concept that would revolutionize the way our government does business. States must balance their budgets; families must balance their checkbooks. And so should the federal government.
This bipartisan balanced budget amendment will rein in the federal deficit while ensuring America isn’t left vulnerable in a national emergency. It’s the game-changer we need to get our fiscal house in order, protect our economic recovery, and set the stage for future prosperity.
Last week, I introduced the the Rebuild America Act with my fellow Populist Caucus co-chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro. This bill works to rebuild the American middle-class by investing to grow jobs and the economy, creating financial stability for working families, and restoring fairness to the tax code.
The Rebuild America Act is the plan we need to strengthen the middle class, grow America’s economy, and invest in the future. This is the kind of bold vision that will put America back on a path to prosperity and progress.
You can learn more and read the bill text here .
Jobs for Vets
One out of every four veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan is out-of-work. This is simply unacceptable, and I’m pressing Congress to act on new legislation I introduced this month to put unemployed vets back to work.
The Veterans’ Jobs Corps Act seeks to put unemployed veterans back to work using skills they developed in the military – to improve national parks, serve as police officers and firefighters, and work in communities.
Men and women who’ve put their lives on the line for our country deserve every opportunity when they return home. Why not provide them the chance to keep contributing to the nation they love, whether as firefighters, cops, or park rangers? They’ve already rebuilt Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s time to give them the chance to help rebuild America.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at any time .
All the best,