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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Braley has always delivered for farmers: fought for Farm Bill, RFS, & wind energy tax credit, stood up to EPA and administration regulations
DES MOINES, IA – Iowa farmers know that Bruce Braley has a long history of fighting for them in Congress, which is why so many of them stand behind his campaign for US Senate.
Bruce fights for Iowa farmers because of where he comes from. Bruce grew up in rural Iowa and worked on Iowa farms, detasseling corn and baling hay. Bruce worked summers at a grain elevator, driving a truck, cleaning out grain bins, and delivering feed.
Representing Iowans in Congress, Bruce has kept fighting for Iowa farmers and agriculture. That’s why he fought for three years to pass a long-delayed comprehensive Farm Bill. He fought to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit. Bruce fought the EPA when they tried to impose farm dust regulations on Iowa farmers, and he stood up to the administration when they tried to impose labor restrictions that would stop children from working on their own family farm.
While Bruce Braley has been fighting for Iowa farmers, former top Goldman Sachs executive Mark Jacobs has been calling for the repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, advocating for a return to his glory days on Wall Street when their reckless behavior crashed our economy while big bankers made millions.
Braley for Iowa spokesman Jeff Giertz said, “Bruce Braley grew up and worked in rural Iowa, and while he’s been fighting for policies that help Iowa farmers and strengthen the middle class, Goldman Sachs executive Mark Jacobs has been calling for a repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and a return to the days when Wall Street titans like Jacobs crashed our economy and made millions doing it. The choice is clear: Bruce Braley fights for Iowa farmers, and Mark Jacobs fights for Wall Street.”
More than 250 farmers and agricultural producers launched Farmers for Braley back in August, and their numbers continue to grow.
“While some folks try to score political points, Bruce Braley is delivering for Iowa farmers. He’s been a tireless champion for Iowa agriculture because he comes from a rural background. We need more people like him fighting for us in Washington.” -Gary Lamb, Farmer, Chelsea, IA
“There is no question in my mind that Bruce Braley is committed to fighting for Iowa’s farmers. I saw him work to help pass a Farm Bill that provides Iowa farmers with the certainty we need to succeed. It’s because I know him and I’ve seen him work hard for us that I support Bruce and want him to keep fighting for Iowa.” -Bruce Rohwer, Farmer, Paullina, IA.
“We’ve known Bruce Braley for almost 10 years and he has always been a champion for Iowa’s farmers. Beyond his background growing up in rural Iowa, he understands our concerns because he makes it a priority to get out on the farms and talk with us about the challenges we face. As farmers in Iowa, we want Bruce fighting for us in Congress.” -Russ and Donna Winburn, Farmers, Grinnell, IA
“I’ve met Bruce Braley, and shared stories with him about working farm jobs and the local issues that impact Iowa’s farmers every day. He’s always on our side, he understands where we come from and has spent his entire career making sure we have a seat at the table.” -Bob Bell, Farmer, Prole, IA
“When you talk with Bruce Braley about the concerns of Iowa’s farmers, you can easily see he’s genuinely passionate about our lives. That’s because he grew up around agriculture and understands what we go through each and every day. We need someone with that experience standing up for us in Washington.” -Phil Dougherty, Farmer, Dougherty, IA
“Bruce Braley doesn’t just work for Iowa’s farmers, he works with us to ensure the policies coming out of Washington make sense for us. He’s always made our priorities his priorities and that’s why I’m proud to stand with him.” -James Berge, Farmer, Kensett, IA
Bruce Braley was born in Grinnell and grew up in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa. Bruce started delivering newspapers in the 2nd grade and has been working ever since. Growing up, he did jobs like baling hay, working at a grain elevator, shelling corn, and selling greeting cards door-to-door. He worked in jobs like road construction, truck driving, tending bar, and waiting tables to help pay his way through college and law school.
In the Senate, Bruce Braley will fight for middle class Iowans because that’s where he comes from. He’s working to raise the minimum wage, protect farms, strengthen small businesses, and create good Iowa jobs. Braley lives in Waterloo with his wife, Carolyn. They have three grown children: Lisa, David, and Paul.
Jacobs: Dodd-Frank Act “Is A Prime Example Of Government Overreach.” In a March 2014 Republican forum sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Mark Jacobs was asked what regulation he would repeal. Jacobs responded: “Well, as someone who spent a good part of his business career in the electric power business operating coal plants, it is very tempting to pick the EPA. But I’m going to go with the Dodd-Frank Act. And I’ll tell you, I’ve heard from community bankers all over this great state about how the compliance room is the fastest-growing area in the bank. Here is a prime example of government overreach. We had a financial market meltdown in 2008. There were some large banks that were bad players in that, but the prime cause of the financial market meltdown was the policy enacted by our federal government to push home ownership and relax underwriting standards. The reaction we get is now a piece of legislation and regulation that strangles our community banks. Community banks are the lifeblood of capital for small businesses to get started, to grow, and I think what’s happening here is absolutely wrong.” [NFIB Senate Forum, Des Moines, IA, 3/18/14] (Video)
KIMT: Braley, A “Strong Supporter” Of The Farm Bill, Said It’s “Important To Spend The Time Listening To” Iowa’s Farmers. In March 2014, KIMT reported, “As part of his tour of the state, Braley paid a visit to Phil Dougherty of Dougherty farms and the two are discussing the major concerns of rural farmers today, especially when it comes to improving infrastructure… A strong supporter of the now passed five-year farm bill, Braley says it’s these conversations that help him get a better understanding of what Iowan’s look for, from their governing body. ‘It’s important to spend the time listening to people who make their living from the land and talking about what we need to be doing in Congress to make sure that people continue to have the opportunity to live the American Dream here in rural Iowa,’ said Braley.” [KIMT, 3/20/14]
Braley Called For “Policies That Truly Help A New Generation Of Farmers Get Started.” In March 2014, the Quad-City Times reported, “Braley said he is glad a farm bill is in place that, while not perfect, does protect farmers and provide for a framework for the next farm bill in five years. However, as the nation’s farmers get older, the government needs policies that truly help a new generation of farmers get started. Not just American’s youth, Braley said, but anyone else who would like to make farming a career. ‘I believe that we take for granted how fortunate we are here in America to have an abundant food supply, and we produce enough for our needs and to export,’ Braley said. The absolute necessity of the farmer to American life and the economy cannot be overstated, he said.” [Quad-City Times, 3/21/14]
Braley Was Proud To Vote For The Farm Bill. On January 29, 2013, Braley voted for the 2014 farm bill (HR 2642). In February 2014, Radio Iowa reported, “Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley says he is pleased to see the U.S. Senate approve the Farm Bill and send it to the president. Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, voted against the Farm Bill after his provision to limit payments was stripped from the bill. Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo, says he has a similar concern as Grassley, but not enough to vote against the bill. ‘There were a lot of compromises that ended up being made at the end of the day. He, like every other member of the Iowa delegation had to weigh whether on whole it was going to be good for the state,’ Braley says. ‘All the rest of us voted for the Farm Bill and I’m proud of the vote I took — even though there were things in the bill that I would like to have seen changed.’” [House.gov, 1/29/14; Radio Iowa, 2/5/14]
Braley Urged President Obama To Oppose Reduction Of Renewable Fuels Standard. In November 2013, Rep. Braley’s congressional office announced: “Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to oppose a potential reduction in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and to travel to Iowa to meet with Iowans and see firsthand how the RFS is strengthening the economy and creating jobs.” [Bruce Braley Congressional Press Release, 11/8/13]
Braley Voted To Provide Tax Credits For Renewable Energy, Including Wind And Biomass. In 2008, Braley voted in favor of a bill that would revive or extend about $55.5 billion in tax breaks for individuals and businesses for one year. Specifically, the bill would extend existing tax credits for solar energy, wind energy, biomass, geothermal energy and certain coal projects. The bill would also create a new category of tax credit bonds to help state and local governments with projects designed to reduce greenhouse gases. [CQ Weekly, 5/26/08] The bill passed 263-160. [HR 6049, Vote #344, 5/21/08] HR 6049, Vote #344, 5/21/2008 Passed 263-160; R 35-159; D 228-1; I 0-0]
Braley Urged Speaker Boehner To Extend Wind Energy Production Tax Credit. According to a press release by Bruce Braley’s congressional office, “Following the news of Siemens layoffs, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) wrote Speaker Boehner to demand immediate action on the Wind Energy Tax Credit. Braley wrote: ‘Iowa workers are suffering, and your political games are directly contributing to job losses in Iowa. I urge you to immediately release your hold, and allow an extension of the wind energy production tax credit to come up for a vote in the U.S. House, where it would pass with a bipartisan majority.’” [Bruce Braley Congressional Press Release, 9/18/12]
Braley: “A Regulation Prohibiting youths From Working On Farms Would Strike At The Very Core Of Agriculture Across Iowa.” In an April 2012 press release from his congressional office, Rep. Braley announced: “after the US Department of Labor announced it was withdrawing a proposed regulation that would have made it more difficult for farmers and ranchers to hire youth to work in agriculture: ‘The demise of the Obama administration’s proposed rule to require children be a minimum age to work on farms is welcome news. A regulation prohibiting youths from working on farms would strike at the very core of agriculture across Iowa and the Midwest. This is Iowa. Working on the family farm is part of growing up. I know — I remember many hot summer days I spent as a kid detasseling corn in the fields. I’ll keep working to ensure misguided regulations like this one don’t see the light of day.’” [Bruce Braley Congressional Press Release, 4/26/12]
Braley Voted To Block Farm Dust Regulations, Splitting With Democrats. In December 2011, USA Today reported, “The House voted Thursday to block federal pollution limits on the dust kicked up by farms, mines and other rural operations. Rep Kristi Noem, R-S.D., sponsored the bill to block federal pollution limits on dust from farms, mines and other rural operations… Thirty-three Democrats voted for the bill, including all three from Iowa: Leonard Boswell, Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack. No Republican voted against it.” [USA Today, 12/8/11]
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