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Loebsack Again Calls Out House Republican Leaders for Closing Up and Leaving Town

House recesses until after the election without taking action on the Farm Bill, Violence Against Women Act and annual appropriations

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Washington, October 1, 2018 | Joe Hand (202-225-6576) | comments
As the House gaveled out of session with two weeks remaining on its schedule, Congressman Dave Loebsack reiterated his call to Republican leaders to keep the House in session and working on the important issues Iowans are facing. Issues from the Farm Bill to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act remain to be dealt with. Today marks the 274th day of the year and the House has only been in session for a total of 94 days. Additionally, the House is only scheduled to be in session for a total of 16 more days between now and the end of this year.

“If Congress isn’t in session and working, there is no way to accomplish the things Iowans sent me to work on. First and foremost, the House left without taking any action on the farm bill, which our rural communities and farmers rely on. It is unacceptable that Congress closed up and left town without giving our farmers the certainty they need to plan for the future.”

“It is also beyond unacceptable that the House has only been in session for a total of 94 days this year and is only scheduled to be in session for a total of 16 days through the end of the year. The people of Iowa want Congress working on issues that affect their lives and being in session for only one third of the time is no way to get anything accomplished. Congress cannot afford to continuously close up shop, leaving behind a list of issues to deal with. While I look forward to spending this time back in Iowa traveling across the state, Iowans deserve better. I stand ready to work with anyone to help move our state and nation forward.”

Among the issues that have not been dealt with include:

•    Farm bill,
•    Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act
•    Annual appropriations,
•    Combating the Opioid Epidemic,
•    Long-term infrastructure/highway bill,
•    Increase RFS volume outputs,
•    Prison sentencing reform,
•    Comprehensive jobs package,
•    Comprehensive mental health reform,
•    Higher Education reauthorization,
•    Campaign finance reform.
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