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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.
Congressman Dave Loebsack will host a Telephone Town Hall TODAY, Tuesday, July 24th at 7pm CDT. Loebsack will take questions and talk with Iowans about the issues that matter to them. People interested in participating in the call are urged to visit http://Loebsack.house.gov to sign up.
“Hearing directly from constituents is critical to my job,” said Loebsack. “Please join me for a conversation about the issues that matter most to you and your family.”
To register, visit http://loebsack.house.gov/ and click the Teletown Halls sign up icon on the right hand side of the website.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he will be touring four counties in Southern Iowa on SATURDAY, July 21st. These four counties were recently approved for emergency farm loans because of the recent lack of rain and severe heat in the area and in Missouri. Loebsack will tour farms, talk with officials from FSA offices and meet with local Farm Bureau and community members in Southern Iowa counties, including Appanoose, Davis, Lee and Wayne. Reports have said this is the worst drought in Iowa since 1988.
Earlier today, Loebsack joined a bipartisan group of 62 lawmakers in calling on House leadership to bring a Farm bill to the floor before it expires on September 30th. In addition, Loebsack urged Speaker of the House John Boehner and the leader of the House Agriculture Committee to address the expiration of critical USDA disaster relief programs when the Farm Bill is brought to the floor. Loebsack has also asked the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, to determine whether or not he has the authority to extend the SURE program or the Livestock Indemnity Program for 2012 if Congress is unable to complete a reauthorization of the farm bill. He also urged the USDA to consider emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program land in Iowa when appropriate.
Throughout the past year, Loebsack has been traveling across Iowa on a Rural Economic Tour to visit farms and businesses to hear firsthand about the needs of rural Iowans. While visiting these farms, Loebsack will also be discussing his call for disaster-loss programs for crops and livestock to be extended in the farm bill to cover this crop year.
“With no end in sight to the hot weather and lack of rain, crops and livestock across Iowa will continue to be adversely affected,” said Loebsack. “I am ready to work alongside these farmers assisting in any way necessary.”
Loebsack Tour of Drought Stricken Areas
Lee County 9:45am
Steve Newberry’s farm
1712 300th Street
Davis County 12:15pm
Roger Porter’s Farm
18413 Lilac Ave.
Appanoose County 2:15pm
Dan Furlin, Jr.’s Farm
14496 Hwy J46
Wayne County 3:45pm
Tim Runyon’s Farm
2243 Hwy S40 (From Highway 2, turn south at the Case IH dealership that is just east of Corydon. Go south on S40 approx. 2.5 miles)
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. in Davenport will receive $247,543 in funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through their Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This program aims to improve housing stability for very low-income Veteran families.
“I strongly believe that we need to care for our veterans with the same dignity and honor with which they have served our country,” said Loebsack. “We have a moral responsibility to end homelessness amongst our Veterans and Veteran families, and to help Veterans struggling in these tough economic times. Humility of Mary Shelter Inc., not only works to help veterans get back on their feet, but also focuses on helping them become more stable in all areas of their lives. I am pleased that they will receive this funding to continue their important services.”
Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. plans to serve approximately 125 participant households in Scott County and Rock Island County, Iowa. Their Veterans Transitional Program provides 17 beds and service coordination to homeless veterans, with the goal of helping them to achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels, and obtain greater self-determination. The program also offers supportive housing for up to 24 months and works in conjunction with the local VA service center to offer qualifying veterans services such as education and job training.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program grants can be used to offer Veterans and their family members outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance in getting other public benefits. Community-based groups can offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of Veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs. This is the program’s second year.