In a rare turn of events, Rep. Rod Blum will be holding four town hall meetings next week in the 1St Congressional District.

Here are the details:

  • May 8th at 7pm: Dubuque Senior High School Nora Gym, 1800 Clarke Drive, Dubuque
  • May 9th at 7pm: Kirkwood Community College Johnson Hall Gym, 6301 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids
  • May 10th at 7pm: Cedar Falls High School Gym, 1015 Division Street, Cedar Falls
  • May 11th at 12pm: Marshalltown Community College Babe Harder Gym, 3700 South Center Street, Marshalltown

Rep. Rod Blum has been avoiding his constituents like the plague, but finally emerged to hold some town halls in the district. But not without quite a few requirements from you (**ie, read this**):

  • You must register for the town hall at https://blum.house.gov/townhall
  • You must bring a photo ID, if your photo ID does not reflect your current 1st District address, please bring a utility bill or statement reflecting your current 1st District address along with your photo ID.
  • Information listed on ID must match the information provided on RSVP.
  • Children under 16 will be admitted without ID but still require RSVP.
  • Doors will open 60 minutes prior to events
  • No backpacks, signs, banners, or artificial noisemakers will be allowed into the event.

Attend a town hall and ask a question about issues you care about the most!

>>Also, we’ve heard that Medicaid and SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) could be on the chopping block during this Congress.

If you’re able to meet Rep. Blum’s stringent requirements to exercise democracy, ask if he stands with his constituents or big money corporations that prioritize profits over our health and safety.

For more information or to run a question past us just shoot us an email or give us a call the office at 515-282-0484!

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Senators Grassley and Ernst will be holding town hall meetings on April 18 and April 20.

Town halls are a great opportunity to raise our issues and hold elected officials accountable back home in their districts. It’s our job to remind them that they work for we the people, not big corporations and Wall St. that want to cut our safety net to line their already wealthy pockets.

Sen. Ernst’s town hall will be Tuesday, April 18:

  • 1pm: Wall Lake Community Center, 101 Boyer St, Wall Lake

Sen. Grassley’s two town halls will be:

  • Tuesday, April 18: 2:30pm at Keokuk County Courthouse, 101 S. Main St., Sigourney
  • Thursday, April 20: 10am at Iowa State Bank, 500 Audubon St., Sac City

Attend a town hall and ask a question about issues you care about the most!  We’ve heard that Medicaid and SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) could be on the chopping block during this Congress.

Here’s a few talking points if you’re able to ask a question on one of these issues:

  • Our Medicaid should be controlled by us, it is here to take care of our family, friends, and neighbors, it should not exist to line the pockets of private corporations with our tax dollars.
  • The average monthly SNAP benefit in Iowa is $108 dollars and for every dollar spent on SNAP, it generates $1.80 in economic activity in the state.
  • Block-granting these programs doesn’t provide “flexibility” to states – it’s a benefit cut.  Block granting eliminates the ability for these programs to respond to increased need that results from rising poverty and unemployment during economic downturns.

For more information or to run a question past us, call the office at 515-282-0484!

Congressman David Young will be holding five town halls in Iowa this Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1 (no fooling!).

Town halls are a great opportunity to raise our issues and hold elected officials accountable back home in their districts to we the people.  Hearing from constituents was instrumental in convincing Rep. Young to not support House Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Here’s the details:

March 31, 10:00-11:00 AM Congressman Young Meeting, ­ Fontanelle
Fontanelle Community Center, 318 Washington St., Fontanelle, IA 50846

March 31, 1:30-2:30 PM Congressman Young Meeting, ­ Bagley
Bagley Community Building, 205 Main St., Bagley, IA 50026

March 31, 3:30-4:30 PM Congressman Young Meeting, ­ Waukee
Waukee City Hall, 230 W. Hickman, Waukee, IA 50263

April 1, 11:00-12:00 PM Congressman Young Meeting, ­ Diagonal
Diagonal Community Center, 308 Broadway St., Diagonal, IA 50845

April 1, 3:30-4:30 PM Congressman Young Meeting, ­ Lorimor
Lorimor Community Center, 503 Main St., Lorimor, IA 50149

Attend a town hall and ask a question about issues you care about the most!  We’ve heard that in order to fund Trump’s (and Rep. Paul Ryan and his cronies’) tax cuts for the rich, Medicaid and SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) are on the chopping block during this Congress.  Ask Rep. Young if he stands with his constituents or big money corporations that prioritize profits over our health and safety.

For more information or to run a question past us, call the office at 515-282-0484!

Sen. Joni Ernst will be holding two town hall meetings on Friday, March 17.

Town halls are a great opportunity to raise our issues and hold elected officials accountable back home in their districts to we the people.

Sen. Ernst’s town halls will be Friday, March 17 at:

  • 12pm: Coe College, Sinclair Auditorium, Cedar Rapids
  • 5pm: Drake University, Sheslow Auditorium, Des Moines

Attend a town hall and ask a question about issues you care about the most!  Also, we’ve heard that Medicaid and SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) could be on the chopping block during this Congress.  Ask Sen. Ernst if she stands with her constituents or big money corporations that prioritize profits over our health and safety.

For more information or to run a question past us, call the office at 515-282-0484!

The fiscal cliff has come and gone – for now – and there seems to be good and bad elements to the deal Congress reached no matter how you look at it.  Here’s an analysis from our friends at Americans for Tax Fairness, with our quick take below.

 

The Good –

For starters, we’ve made progress in getting the rich and big corporations to start paying their fair share.

  • The Bush era tax cuts that heavily favored the rich have expired on individual income over $400,000 and household income above $450,000.
  • Unemployment insurance benefits for the nation’s struggling unemployed have been extended for another year.
  • And, we’ve avoided the senseless and indiscriminate ax of sequestration that would have slashed critical programs and services for everyday people.

 

The Bad –

Though the deal struck by Congress and the administration begins to raise revenue from the wealthy, it does not go far enough.  We agree with Senator Harkin’s take on the deal and why he voted against it.

  • CCI members and groups across the country pushed hard for the expiration of the Bush tax cuts on income above $250,000.  That would have raised nearly $1 trillion over 10 years, while the current deal raises about $400 billion over 10 years.
  • Congress set the stage for yet another fiscal showdown two months from now by punting all decisions about sequestration to March when we will have to raise the nation’s debt ceiling once again.

 

The Potentially Ugly –

Republicans and moderates in Congress will zero in solely on spending cuts during the next fiscal showdown, with little to no talk of raising additional revenue.

  • Don’t be mistaken, we will once again hear calls for changing the consumer price index to a “Chained CPI”.  To be clear, the chained CPI is a benefit cut that affects every single American.  The Chained CPI doesn’t just reduce cost of living adjustments to Social Security – it will affect government pensions, veterans’ benefits and over time would push more people into higher tax brackets.  Annual adjustments to the poverty level would also be smaller, reducing the number of people eligible for Medicaid, Head Start, food stamps, school lunches and home heating assistance.

 

 The Light at the End of the Tunnel –

We’ve got another fight ahead of us, no doubt about it.  But, through your calls, letters and demonstrations over the past months we created a political environment more open to raising much needed revenue from the wealthy and big corporations and preserving vital social programs that benefit every American.  We can do it again, and we will.  Stay tuned for the latest updates and ways to take action, and make sure your elected officials know where you stand on the issue.  The people’s voice will be heard.

 

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Will our state budget put the common good above corporate greed?

The state of Iowa is sitting on a nearly $1 billion budget surplus.

Now our elected officials have a choice to make.

Will Governor Branstad and the state legislature reinvest in vital public services that have suffered from years of deep spending cuts – programs like education, environmental enforcement and protections, healthcare, critical infrastructure like roads and bridges, and a fair contract for state workers?  Or, will they give away the store to large, unaccountable corporations?

Branstad has made it clear: he wants to use the money for tax cuts and giveaways for Iowa’s biggest corporations and richest citizens.

Branstad’s proposal won’t create jobs, and it won’t balance the budget. It will take money away from where Iowans need it to go.

Iowans want a state budget that “Puts People First”.

We know that good government working in the best interest of the common good has to be fullyfunded in order to effectively implement and enforce the law.

We are calling on Branstad to close corporate tax loopholes, end support for corporate tax cuts and giant subsidies for big business, and instead reinvest in valued state structures that have faced the biggest cuts in recent years.

The state budget must reinvest in Iowa by fully funding:

  • our Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Workforce Development and other state agencies,
  • job-creating infrastructure like roads and bridges,
  • K-12 and higher education, AND
  • expand Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families, and
  • negotiate fair contracts for tens of thousands of public employees.

Tell Governor Branstad and our elected officials to make the right budget choices – and put communities before corporations and people before profits: