Worked to Remedy Undue Burdens on Returning Soldiers

In 2011, Delta Airlines charged soldiers returning from Afghanistan $2,800 in baggage fees.  Rep. Braley called on Delta to change their baggage policy to one that honored the brave men and women who were returning home. 

Thanks in part to Bruce’s efforts, Delta reformed their policy a few days later.

Fought Restrictions on Youth Work on Family Farms

When the Obama Administration planned on limiting what kids under the age of 16 can do on farms, Rep. Braley stepped in and fought to prevent the restrictions. 

These restrictions could have been detrimental to family farms, in which helping out has been fundamental to growing up in rural Iowa for countless years.

Acted to Reform Our Mental Health System

In April, Rep. Braley invited Jan Thomas, the wife of the late coach Ed Thomas, to testify in a Congressional Committee. 

Following her testimony, Rep. Braley worked with the Department of Health and Human Services on their outreach and education efforts to health care providers, surrounding privacy laws. 

HHS improved their processes, by making sure healthcare providers are aware of what information they can disclose in order to prevent threats to public safety.

Passed a Bipartisan Bill to Fix Medicare Flaws

Rep. Braley supported and helped to pass a bipartisan bill out of Committee, to permanently repeal the flawed “Sustainable Growth Rate” under Medicare.

Without this fix, Iowa doctors are set to see a 30% cut to Medicare reimbursements on January 1, 2013. The bill also improves the Medicare reimbursement system by incentivizing high-quality, low-cost care by doctor.

Continued support for Renewable Fuel Standard

Rep. Bruce Braley has continued to support renewable fuels such as ethanol because of their “profound economic impact with the state of Iowa.”

This week, Rep. Braley brought Pam Johnson, president of the National Corn Growers Association and Floyd County resident, to talk to lawmakers on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The RFS is up for review, largely due to pressure from big oil.

Due to the importance of the RFS in ensuring stability in the renewable fuels industry and creating vital jobs for Iowans, Rep. Braley maintains that it is crucial to maintain the RFS at it’s current levels.

FOUGHT FOR A FARM BILL THEN, STILL FIGHTING FOR ONE NOW
Bruce Braley and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack during a 2012 Farm Bill listening tour. 
On Thursday, the US House rejected the bipartisan Farm Bill by a vote of 195-234. Rep. Braley had this to say after the bill’s defeat, via USA Today.

“While this Farm Bill was far from perfect, the best way to fix its flaws is to work together to find common ground – not reject it entirely and start from nothing.”

Click here for more about last year’s Farm Bill tour.

FOUGHT FOR A FARM BILL THEN, STILL FIGHTING FOR ONE NOW

Bruce Braley and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack during a 2012 Farm Bill listening tour. 

On Thursday, the US House rejected the bipartisan Farm Bill by a vote of 195-234. Rep. Braley had this to say after the bill’s defeat, via USA Today.

While this Farm Bill was far from perfect, the best way to fix its flaws is to work together to find common ground – not reject it entirely and start from nothing.”

Click here for more about last year’s Farm Bill tour.

It’s easy to place a dollar value on the weapons and supplies used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but the $1.5 trillion spent so far only tells part of the story. It doesn’t account for the thousands of veterans in need of lifetime care and long-term mental health treatment, spousal benefits for families of those we lost, and much more.

Rep. Bruce Braley’s statement on the US House passing the True Cost of War Amendment

The amendment was written into the National Defense Authorization Act by Braley, and requires a full accounting of all human and financial costs attributed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Read more at the Des Moines Register.

WROTE LEGISLATION TO REFORM THE MILITARY JUDICIAL SYSTEM
Braley worked to amend the National Defense Authorization Act to reform the military’s approach to reducing sexual assault in the ranks.  
The proposal removes the ability of military commanders to single-handedly overturn convictions or lessen sentences decided in military court.  
Braley introduced this amendment in the wake of a decision by an Air Force lieutenant general to overturn the sexual assault conviction of an airman who’d been found guilty and sentenced to a year in prison by a jury of his peers at the Aviano Air Base in Italy.
Republican leaders blocked the amendment from coming up for a vote.

WROTE LEGISLATION TO REFORM THE MILITARY JUDICIAL SYSTEM

Braley worked to amend the National Defense Authorization Act to reform the military’s approach to reducing sexual assault in the ranks.  

The proposal removes the ability of military commanders to single-handedly overturn convictions or lessen sentences decided in military court.  

Braley introduced this amendment in the wake of a decision by an Air Force lieutenant general to overturn the sexual assault conviction of an airman who’d been found guilty and sentenced to a year in prison by a jury of his peers at the Aviano Air Base in Italy.

Republican leaders blocked the amendment from coming up for a vote.

Led Bipartisan Effort to Protect Free Market for Iowa Small Businesses Providing Medicare Supplies

Bruce Braley worked with Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson and recruited more than 220 members of Congress to call on the Obama administration to reverse plans to award regional monopolies to large medical equipment providers serving Medicare beneficiaries.

Instead, Braley is working to protect the free market for Iowa small businesses that provide medical supplies to Medicare beneficiaries — as well as jobs and economic benefits to their local communities.

Click here to read more.