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October 13th, 2011

Archer: Loebsack Abandons Iowa Farmers, Votes Against Jobs and Economic Recovery

(Bettendorf, IA)  Today, John Archer called out Congressman Dave Loebsack for abandoning Iowa farmers in opposing the most recent free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea.

“Congressman Loebsack’s ‘no vote’ underscores his inability to understand how government can actually help our economy recover.  America is first-rate at producing food and goods, but we need additional markets to enhance the opportunities to sell our goods, which will ultimately lead to job creation.   Loebsack’s ‘no vote’ was a thumb in the eye to Iowa’s family farmer, and our overall economic recovery,” said John Archer, Republican candidate for Congress.

An Iowa State University economist in newspaper reports today, estimated this new agreement could add more than $11 to the price Iowa pork producers receive for each hog marketed and could create more than 10,000 new American jobs, with some other estimates as high as 25,000 new jobs.

Iowa is the nation’s top producer of pork with more than 8,300 producers.  The National Pork Producers estimate the new trade deal will generate nearly $772 million in new pork sales.

“With record unemployment, it’s dumbfounding that Congressman Loebsack voted against legislation that will create 10,000+ new jobs.  He voted against struggling Iowans who are unemployed and against our nation’s economic recovery.   When given the choice to support job creation, Loebsack said no.  Iowans can no longer afford the liberal, out-of-touch policies of Dave Loebsack,” concluded Archer.

Of note, the trade agreements were championed by the White House, passed both houses of Congress with strong bi-partisan support and were even supported by the UAW.

Archer resides in Bettendorf, Iowa with his wife, Andrea, and their two children.  John works at John Deere as a Senior Legal Counsel.  Archer also serves on the Pleasant Valley School Board and the Bettendorf Family Museum Board of Directors.

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