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  • U.S. House Passes Loebsack, Latta Legislation to Reduce Barriers for Precision Agriculture Implementation
    Posted in Press Release on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4881, the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act, to reduce barriers to the implementation of cutting-edge technology on America’s farms. The legislation, authored by Congressmen Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Bob Latta (R-OH), establishes a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) task force, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to evaluate the best ways to meet the broadband connectivity and technological needs of precision... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on Trump’s Meeting With Putin
    Posted in Press Release on July 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today on President Trump’s meeting and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “President Trump is flat out wrong to blame the United States and take the word of a foreign adversary over the findings of his own intelligence experts and the House Intelligence Committee. Iowans understand that Putin is a tyrant and it is now more critical than ever that both parties in Congress work together to protect our election systems,... Read more

  • Loebsack Calls for Canada’s Permanent Exemption from Tariffs to Protect Iowa Workers
    Posted in Press Release on June 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today called on U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, to support the tens of thousands of Iowans who rely on a healthy trading relationship with Canada by exempting Canada from the tariffs that began on June 1st. In retaliation, Canada has indicated that it would levy tariffs worth $12.8 billion on goods including Iowa produced agricultural and manufactured products. Canada is Iowa’s largest trading partner and in 2017 alone, Iowa sent over $4 billion... Read more

  • Lawmakers Demand Answers from EPA on Failed Implementation of Renewable Fuel Standard
    Posted in Press Release on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture today called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide additional information regarding their failed implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In a letter led by Congressman Dave Loebsack and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, the members laid out a series of questions seeking information about the mismanagement of a program that provided waivers to some of our nation’s largest,... Read more

  • Loebsack Introduces Bill to Develop High-Definition Mapping for Self-Driving Cars
    Posted in Press Release on June 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Congressman Dave Loebsack, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today introduced legislation to develop high-definition road mapping in order to further the safe deployment of highly automated vehicles, or self-driving cars. Loebsack’s legislation, the 21st Century Automated Vehicle Safety Act of 2018, creates a competitive grant program to establish a high-definition road mapping pilot program that will be used to further the development and deployment self-driving cars. Loebsac... Read more

  • Loebsack Praises FCC’s Action to Increase Funding for the Rural Health Care Program
    Posted in Press Release on June 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to raise the cap on the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Health Care Program by $171 million. This new investment brings the cap for this fund to $571 million, which helps provide access to high speed internet for rural health care providers. In 2016, Loebsack worked to get legislation signed into law that made skilled nursing facilities eligible to receive funds through this pr... Read more

  • Loebsack Praises $50 Million Federal Investment in I-80/I-380 Interchange Redesign
    Posted in Press Release on June 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the Iowa Department of Transportation will receive a $50 million grant through its Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) program. The funding will be used to implement a comprehensive redesign of the I-80/I-380 interchange. This is the first installment of the approximately $350 million construction project. Loebsack has long fought to secure the funds necessa... Read more

  • Loebsack Calls on House Republican Leaders to Follow the Senate and Cancel August Recess
    Posted in Press Release on June 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cleaning up Washington

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to follow the lead of their Senate counterparts and cancel the planned August recess. Today marks the 156th day of the year and the House has only been in session for a total of 56 days. “It is beyond unacceptable that the House has only been in session for 56 days so far this year. The people of Iowa sent me here to work on issues that affect their lives and only bein... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on House Republican’s Failure to Push Through Partisan Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Release on May 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after House Republicans failed to push their partisan farm bill through the House. This legislation fails to address falling farm income, eliminates the energy title, which includes the popular Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and eliminates important crop insurance and risk management education efforts. Additionally, the bill cuts billions of dollars in food assistance... Read more

  • Loebsack and Bustos’ Amendment to Establish a Center of Excellence for Advanced and Additive Manufacturing included in National Defense Authorization Bill
    Posted in Press Release on May 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Late last night, the House Armed Services Committee completed its markup of the 2019 National Defense Authorization. During this process, an amendment led by Congressman Dave Loebsack and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was inserted into the bill to create a “Center of Excellence for Advanced and Additive Manufacturing.” Once established, this Center will support the Army’s ongoing efforts to integrate advanced manufacturing techniques into the processes at its arsenals and other industrial facilitie... Read more

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