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February 21st, 2011

Braley and Latham Battle – Preview of 2012 Campaign?

Congressman Tom Latham and Congressman Bruce Braley had a bit of a testy exchange on the floor of the House last week.  Their spat was over how the pending Continuing Resolution will impact the Renewable Fuels Standard, but it could also foreshadow a potential 2012 general election campaign.

As you may know, the Renewable Fuels Standard mandates that a certain amount of renewable fuel be produced for transportation purposes every year.  Braley claimed that the Continuing Resolution would block the implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard in the future because it denies funding to the EPA for the purposes of regulating greenhouse gasses.  Braley introduced an amendment to correct the alleged situation.

There was just one problem, Braley didn’t understand what he was talking about.  The Renewable Fuels Standard was not going to be impacted by the Continuing Resolution.  It seemed that pretty much everyone else understood this concept, so Braley’s amendment was ruled out of order.

Braley, who was rubbing his amendment in to the faces of Republican members who had ethanol plants located in their districts, should have known that the Renewable Fuels Standard wouldn’t be affected since he used to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Braley’s obnoxious behavior is nothing more than him playing politics with an issue that is important to a lot of Iowans.  It appears that Braley is working overtime to remake his tarnished image while also positioning himself for a potential matchup with Latham.

In recent weeks, Braley has even demonstrated a sudden concern for the national debt, even though it has nearly doubled in size thanks to his insistence on voting with Nancy Pelosi for Obamacare, bailouts, and stimulus programs.

Video of the Braley/Latham Exchange

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