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  • Loebsack Votes to #RaiseTheWage for 131,000 Iowans in the Second District
    Posted in Press Release on July 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House passed the Raise the Wage Act on a bipartisan vote. This legislation would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 and index future increases to median wage growth to ensure the value does not again erode over time. This increase would give 33 million workers nationwide a raise, including 131,000 people living in Iowa’s Second Congressional District. Nationwide, there has been no raise in the minimum wage in... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on the President’s Review of the Small Refinery Exemption
    Posted in Press Release on June 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack released a statement following reports in the media that President Trump has ordered the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other Cabinet members to review the excessive use of the Small Refinery Exemption program (SRE). Earlier this year, Loebsack, co-chair of the House Biofuels Caucus, called on the EPA to suspend issuing SREs until a review of the program had been completed. Since this administration began using SREs to help prop up... Read more

  • Rep. Loebsack and Sen. Cortez Masto Introduce Renew America’s Schools Act
    Posted in Press Release on June 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Economy and Jobs

    Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Renew America’s Schools Act, legislation to provide crucial support to America’s schools to make critical infrastructure upgrades that improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. “The condition of the buildings where our students learn, and educators teach have an immense impact on the quality of education our children receive. Unfortunately, many of our nation's school buildings are in a state o... Read more

  • Loebsack Introduces Legislation to Bring High-Speed Broadband Internet to All Americans
    Posted in Press Release on June 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today introduced legislation to bring high-speed broadband internet service to more than 98 percent of the country. The “Connect America Act” would authorize a reverse auction by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help fund the deployment of high-speed internet to the largest portion of Americans at the lowest cost. This bill is also included in the LIFT America Act, which is the comprehensive infrastructure plan that was introduced in the House Energy and C... Read more

  • Loebsack Reintroduces Legislation to Establish National Flood Center
    Posted in Press Release on June 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he has reintroduced legislation to establish a National Flood Center to conduct research on flooding, flood prevention and other flood-related issues. The National Flood Research and Education Center Act (NFRECA) will establish a consortium within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that includes institutes of higher education in order to advance the understanding of the causes of flooding, implement advanced flood prediction ... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on EPA’s Rule to Allow Year-Round E-15 Sales
    Posted in Press Release on May 31, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the EPA released new rules that will allow for the year-round sale of gasoline mixed with E-15. “I am pleased that E-15 will now be available to consumers year-round. It is unfortunate that it has taken this long, but this rule will finally remove this unnecessary barrier to expanding the use of renewable fuels in time for this summer driving season. Allowing the sale of E-15 during the summer months will give consumers a low... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on President Trump’s Tariff Tax on Iowans
    Posted in Press Release on May 31, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after President Trump announced his intentions to place tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico. “President Trump’s tariff tax is bad news for Iowans, especially our farmers, and amounts to nothing more than an unnecessary tax increase on hardworking families. This administration cannot continue with these haphazard, generalized threats of across the board tariffs. The previous tariffs against China and Mexico have already caused... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on the E15 Rule Moving Forward
    Posted in Press Release on March 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the proposed E15 rule, taking the next step toward making E15 available year-round. In October, President Trump had pledged to end the embargo on sales of E15 during the summer months. “I thank Administrator Wheeler for finally taking this step to expand consumer choice at the gas pump by allowing the year-round sale of E15. I encourage all interested I... Read more

  • Loebsack Applauds $3 Million Investment in Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Route
    Posted in Press Release on February 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today applauded the decision by Amtrak to award $3 million for safety and reliability upgrades to the Southwest Chief route. The Southwest Chief has daily routes from Illinois to California, which travels through southeast Iowa, including a stop in Ft. Madison. Last year, Loebsack joined Congressman Ben Ray Luján and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in sending a letter to Amtrak headquarters expressing support for the Amtrak Southwest Chief line and calling for... Read more

  • Loebsack, LaHood Lead Push for Multi-Year Biodiesel Tax Extension
    Posted in Press Release on February 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressmen Dave Loebsack and Darin LaHood today led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in calling for a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. In a letter to House Leadership, the lawmakers called for swift action in the House to ensure our farmers and producers have the certainty they need to support the more than 60,000 good paying jobs here in the U.S. that are part of the biodiesel industry. A full copy of the letter, signed by 44 Members, can be found here. “We believe in ma... Read more

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