Posts Tagged ‘Rep. Loebsack’
Unlike many in my cohort of grade school classmates, I stay in touch with my elected officials and have written them on important issues. Dave Loebsack is my U.S. Congressman, I like him, and it’s no secret. Loebsack receives his share of criticism, but I have stuck by him and will for three simple reasons: who he is not, who he is, and who he could be.
Dave Loebsack is not a Republican. His predecessor, Jim Leach was. I had a long constituent relationship with Rep. Leach. He was elected while I was in the military, and my first letter to him in 1980 was about disposal of radioactive nuclear waste during the nuclear freeze movement. Our views met on a lot of issues over the years. Two things turned me against Leach: his participation in the Kenneth Starr investigations during the Clinton administration, and his authorship of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that repealed part of the Glass Steagall Act. Leach’s role as chairman of the House Banking Committee during Whitewater was the turning point, with repeal of Glass Steagall being the topper.
According to Bill Clinton, “in the House Banking Committee, Chairman Jim Leach… trumpeted every bogus charge against Hillary and me, alleging that we had made, not lost, money on Whitewater, had used Madison Guaranty funds for personal and political expenses, and had engineered David Hale’s SBA fraud. He promised ‘blockbuster’ revelations, but they never materialized.”
I thought it was a ridiculous waste of time that Leach participated in this political witch hunt, and told him so in a letter. By the time I got active in politics again, I felt Leach had to go, and thankfully wasn’t the only one.
Who is Dave Loebsack? His biography is readily available, but from the beginning of my relationship with him, he has been concerned, humble, appreciative and direct in his approach to me and to the political world. This passage from a March 25, 2005 email from Loebsack, in response to my questions about raising money for the campaign and gaining support of the political establishment, depicts what I mean:
“At the moment, I am quite honestly not sure that I can raise tons of money. However, I think my extensive contacts in the area, the state, and beyond give me a much better chance to do so than many past candidates. Therefore, I am trying even now to raise funds in this ‘exploratory’ stage. And I am not afraid to ask for help. Indeed, you may write me a check (to Loebsack Exploratory Committee) and I will deposit it in an account specifically set up for ‘testing the waters.’
I am sure I have not fully eased your mind on these matters, Paul, but I hope this is a good start.”
I don’t receive personal emails from Loebsack anymore, and I’m okay with that because I see him several times a year in a variety of settings. I have a type of accessibility to my congressman that is part and parcel of why we get involved in politics. As one out of 762,000 constituents, that is pretty good.
The third reason I like Dave Loebsack is the most important, what he could be. I don’t know how he got his initial committee assignments, but as far as I’m concerned, his membership on Armed Services and Education and the Workforce made the effort to elect him worth it.
Over the years, I haven’t agreed with all of Loebsack’s votes, especially on Armed Services. At the same time, ordinary citizens like me understand that we do not elect drones to the U.S. Congress, nor do we want to. It is precisely his outlook and process in the congress, combined with his committee assignments, that make him a strong legislator, one who will hopefully serve for many more years. As time goes by, Dave Loebsack will gain seniority on two committees that are critical to the future direction of our country. Committees whose work is important to the lives of everyday citizens where I live.
As we enter the 2014 election cycle, it’s time to stand up and get to work. I know what I’ll be doing– working to re-elect Dave Loebsack to the U.S. Congress.
Dave Loebsack speaks on the floor about his amendment to ensure farmers and rural businesses have continued access to important energy and economic development tools. REAP – Rural Energy for America Program.
I want to thank all of you for your hard work this past week. After the House GOP introduced a budget that is even worse than last year’s budget, you let them know you weren’t going to stand for it.
Thousands of you signed our petition telling House Republicans not to slash Medicare. Thank you for that. But our work isn’t done yet. GOP leadership is bringing that devastating budget to the House floor for a vote tomorrow.
We will not stand for House Republicans balancing the budget on the backs of our seniors.
You and I both know that this budget couldn’t pass the smell test the last time Republicans introduced it, and it’s not going to pass this time either.
Let’s remind them how things looked for them when they woke up the morning after Election Day 2012.
Thank you and, as always, take care,
I want to hear from you. As your representative, my first priority is to make sure that the voices of the Second District are heard. My office has received thousands of emails, letters and phone calls about school safety, the need to address mental health issues, and gun safety. Now it is time to talk directly with you. Your input and insight are important to me.
That is why I am holding a telephone town hall on Wednesday, February 13th at 6:00 PM CST. You are invited to save the date, sign up here, and join in a conversation about gun safety, school safety and mental health care.
Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in me to be your voice. I am committed to working for Iowans and look forward to hearing from you about this important topic.Also, feel free to forward this to your family and friends, I want to hear from as many Iowans as possible.
Iowa’s Second District
It was four years ago today that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law. I am so proud to have helped introduce this bill and even more proud to see it signed into law.
However, five decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women in Iowa still earn only 79 percent of what is earned by their male counterparts. This is just unacceptable. In today’s economy, it is becoming more and more difficult for families to make ends meet. This is not just a gender issue; it’s a family issue. I have always been a champion for equal pay and, while this historic law was a huge step towards true equality for women in the workforce, there is still so much work to be done.
That’s why I am going to continue the fight for equal pay for equal work by once again co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act in the 113th Congress. This legislation would ensure that employers do not discriminate based on gender and it will make it easier for women to pursue gender-based pay discrimination claims.
We can’t wait another 50 years to close the wage gap.
Please share this email with your friends and family. Make sure they understand how far we have come and how far we still have left to go.
And, as always, take care,
This was a letter to the editor published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen
In the state of Iowa we are fortunate to have a great Sen. Tom Harkin, who helped write and pass into law the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.
And we are lucky to have another champion of disability rights here in Iowa’s Second Congressional District: Dave Loebsack.
Loebsack has fought in Washington to prevent attempts to erode the ADA. He believes that everyone, no matter what their disability, deserves a shot at a meaningful job, a good education, and the choice of living in their own community rather than in an institution.
Having a mother who struggled with mental illness, Loebsack understands how important community supports and services are to a family dealing with disabilities. Maybe that’s why he participates every year in Iowa City’s walk to raise money for NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness).
Loebsack has spoken often at ADA anniversary celebrations in his district, he is a member of the Brain Injury Caucus in Congress, and this year he was awarded the Arc of Southeast Iowa’s ADA Guardian Award for 2012.
As a person living with a disability, I will vote for Loebsack. He has earned the support of all those who believe all Americans should have the opportunity to fully participate in their community.
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-02) met with the Des Moines Register Editorial Board Monday. Topics included Medicare, the farm bill, food stamps, the debt, congressional “bickering,” veterans issues, NAFTA, taxation, economic recovery, education, Afghanistan and more.
Over the weekend 2nd District Representative Dave Loebsack stopped by a motorcycle rally to support the Wounded Warrior Project in Eddyville. Check out Dave’s FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/DaveLoebsack
The mission of The Wounded Warriors Project is “to honor and empower wounded warriors.”
Vision: To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.
Purpose: To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. To help injured service members aid and assist each other. To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
“The greatest casualty is being forgotten.”
District 2 voters need to realize that Republican candidate John Archer is every bit as extreme as Todd Akin and the rest of his party. This is evident by his support of the Ryan-Romney plan to voucherize Medicare and their plan to limit the rights of women to make choices about their own reproductive health care. Out-of-state money is rolling in from Texas Republicans and elsewhere to try and put Archer and his GOP cronies in power in Iowa because they have more cash than they know what to do with. [According to the Burlington Hawkeye, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas donated $700,000 to Archer's campaign, with a promise of more on the way].
The Republican candidates say they want small government, but not when it comes to intruding into the personal medical choices of women. The GOP wants to deny women abortions in all instances even in the case of rape or incest. They want the government to dictate to women what their futures will be. And because these ideas are decidedly unpopular, and they are worried that women won’t vote for them and they could lose, Ryan and Romney are now making false claims that they would make exceptions but their record clearly shows this to be an outright lie. And it’s not just adult women these Republican candidates don’t care about. They would cut nutritional programs that benefit children. We must not let them anywhere near the reins of power in Iowa, that much is clear.
So we were delighted and inspired to receive this note from our awesome first lady of District 2, Terry Loebsack on these issues so vital to women and children’s health and well being:
I’m sure you’re as outraged as I am about Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s reprehensible comments this weekend. Unfortunately, Congressman Akin and Dave’s opponent John Archer have more in common than just support for the Ryan Budget that threatens to end nutrition services for 1.8 million mothers, infants, and children.
Both Congressman Akin and John Archer think they know more about women’s health than women do. They both believe that a woman who has been the victim of rape should have no option if she becomes pregnant. Even Mitt Romney doesn’t agree with that extreme position.
You don’t have to take my word for it – here’s John Archer explaining it in his own words:
Dave will always fight for a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health care. I hope you’ll continue to stand with him.