Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa City) used part of his time away from Washington D.C. to tour the southeast corner of his district.
He spent nearly two hours at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown on Wednesday and more than an hour at River Hills Village in Keokuk.
Rep. Loebsack’s trip to the roughly 19,000 acre military installation took him far beyond the administrative building along Highway 34.
The Congressman got to visit the new production line for 40 mm grenades and see them being tested on a large firing range.
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) is helping in the effort to secure a key designation for Keokuk Area Hospital.
He sent a two-page letter, earlier this week, to the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In it, the Congressman wrote of his support for the hospital’s appeal of the agency’s denial of Critical Access status for the facility.
CEO Wally Winkler says receiving that designation would help the hospital through some very difficult financial times.
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA 2) says there is still work to do to make sure his state does not experience a repeat of the Flood of 2008.
It was four years ago, this month, when rivers throughout eastern Iowa overran their banks and caused billions of dollars in damage.
Some of the hardest hit areas were Iowa City and Cedar Rapids
Rep. Loebsack says there is still a need for money to help in the recovery. He believes the funding is available in Washington D.C., if his colleagues can agree on how to divide it.
Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA2) says the United States should consider pulling its military forces out of Afghanistan sooner than currently scheduled.
He says he does not have a specific date in mind for a withdrawal at this point.
“The President has already moved up his timetable from 2014 to the goal of late 2013,” says Rep. Loebsack, “I think we should move it up even sooner than that. There is no way around that.”
Southeast Iowa’s Congressman is looking to his constituents for ideas to protect the future of Social Security.
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) says he would not be where he is today without the program.
He says Social Security helped his family get by while he was growing up and helped him afford to go to college.
The Congressman says that is why lawmakers must make sure the program remains solvent for decades to come.