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April 19th, 2010

Rathje: Loebsack Vote Allows Viagra Coverage for Sex Offenders

rathjeCedar Rapids, Iowa – Steve Rathje, republican candidate for congress in Iowa’s second district today challenged Dave Loebsack to explain his recent vote on the health care reform bill. The bill, which passed on a partisan democrat party line vote, includes a measure that would allow Viagra and other erectile dysfunction prescription medication coverage for convicted child molesters, rapists and other sex offenders.

“Either Dave Loebsack read the bill and was ok with Viagra for convicted sex offenders or he never read the bill at all prior to voting on it. Both explanations are proof positive that Dave Loebsack does not represent the values of Iowans in this district,” said Steve Rathje.

Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn introduced an amendment that would prevent tax dollars from paying for ED medication for convicted sex offenders. The amendment was rejected by the democrat majority party in the Senate prior to passage of the overall bill. The bill was then voted upon by the House of Representatives where Rep. Loebsack cast a “YES” vote.

Rathje, “I’m stunned that Dave Loebsack would think this is the kind of representation that is acceptable to his constituents. When I’m elected, I will always put the people, their families and their values first when I cast a vote.”

Steve Rathje is the founder of International Procurement Services, Inc. and the Genesis Group in Cedar Rapids. He is married, a father of four and grandfather of eight.


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