The extremely small percentage of Iowans who actually know who Bruce Braley is, may know him as a slick former head of the trial lawyers association; a key ally of Nancy Pelosi; and one of the most partisan members of the House of Representatives.
But what Iowans may not realize is that Bruce Braley has voted time after time to hurt Iowa farmers.
The Iowa Farm Bureau has pointed to Braley’s support for the estate tax, cap-and-trade, and obstruction of free trade as hurting Iowa’s agriculture community.
Braley might know what a farm looks like, but he doesn’t seem to understand that his votes are crushing Iowa farmers. Instead, Iowa farmers are left reaping what Bruce Braley sowed.
In June 2009, Braley Voted For The Waxman-Markey Cap-And-Trade Proposal Which Would Have Destroyed Over 31,500 Iowa Jobs (H.R. 2454, CQ Vote #477: Passed 219-212: R 8-168; D 211-44, 6/26/09, Braley Voted Yea)
- The Waxman-Markey Bill Would Destroy 31,584 Iowa Jobs By 2035. (David W. Kreutzer, Karen Campbell, William W. Beach , Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris, “Impact Of The Waxman-Markey Climate Change Legislation On Iowa,” The Heritage Foundation, Web Memo #2585-IA, 8/19/09)
- The Average Iowan Would Pay $1,076 More For Electricity Per Year, And $1.40 More Per Gallon For Gasoline. (David W. Kreutzer, Karen Campbell, William W. Beach , Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris, “Impact Of The Waxman-Markey Climate Change Legislation On Iowa,” The Heritage Foundation, Web Memo #2585-IA, 8/19/09)
Braley Opposes Free Trade Agreements – Including NAFTA
- Braley Supports Revoking The North American Free Trade Agreement. (Norman Jane, “In Iowa Delegation, Faces And More Shifting,” Des Moines Register, 11/9/06)
- In May 2011, Braley Wrote A Letter To Governor Branstad Urging Him Not To Support The Korea Free Trade Agreement. (Rep. Bruce Braley, “Braley Calls On Branstad To Reconsider Support For Job-Killing FTA,” Press Release, 5/24/11)
Braley Has Voted For Higher Estate Taxes
- In December 2010, Braley Voted For A 45 Percent Tax On Estates Worth $3.5 Million For Individuals And $7 Million For Couples. (H.R. 4853, CQ Vote #646: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 194-233: R 0-173; D 194-60, 12/16/10, Braley Voted Yea)
- In December 2009, Braley Voted To Make Permanent A 45 Percent Top Estate Tax Rate With A $3.5 Million Exemption. (H.R. 4154, CQ Vote #929: Passed 225-200: R 0-174; D 225-26, 12/3/09, Braley Voted Yea)
Braley Has Voted At Least 3 Times Against The Repeal Of The Estate Tax
- In 2012, Braley Voted Against The 2013 Republican Study Committee Substitute Budget That Would Repeal The Estate Tax. (H Con Res 112, CQ Vote #149: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 136-285: R 136-104; D 0-181, 3/29/12, Braley Voted Nay)
- In 2009, Braley Voted Against Repeal Of The Estate Tax Through December 31, 2011. (H.R. 4154, CQ Vote #928: Motion rejected 187-233: R 169-0; D 18-233, 12/3/09, Braley Voted Nay)
In 2007, Braley Voted Against Permanent Repeal Of The Estate Tax. (H.R. 3056, CQ Vote #959: Motion rejected 196-212: R 186-0; D 10-212, 10/10/07, Braley Voted Nay)
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