U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, said he is very frustrated in House speaker John Boehner for the House's inability to pass the Farm Bill. He said they need to pass the bill to provide stability in agriculture.
"This five-year Farm Bill is like a business plan for agriculture in Iowa," Braley told the Times-Republican in a recent phone interview.
Braley, the incumbent from Waterloo, is running against Ben Lange, of Independence in the new 1st Congressional District, a district that spans 20 counties from the east side of the state in Dubuque to Marshall County.
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U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, is pictured during a recent visit to Marshalltown. Braley, who lives in Waterloo, is running for re-election in the 1st Congressional District.
Braley said a way to ensure long-term success of Medicare is to look at what Iowa is doing providing low cost, high quality medical services. He also said rewards should be put in place if people are staying healthy, especially since obesity is a big problem leading to chronic disease.
"We need to do things that reward people who are changing their behavior." Braley said.
On the immigration issue, Braley said people need to be held accountable if they break the law but those doing things the right way need a better a path to citizenship. He said immigration needs to have a solution that is discovered in a bipartisan way.
Braley recognizes retention of jobs and the creation of jobs are important issues. He cited successful legislation he introduced that gave tax credits to companies who hired unemployed workers. He said this not only gets people off of unemployment payments, but also helps them pay taxes and into Medicare.
"All of which are a huge net win," Braley said.
Braley said cuts in defense spending must be made, but should be done "smartly." He said pulling troops out of Afghanistan would be a way to save right away.
"It's way past time to turn over the defense of Afghanistan to the Afghan people and the Afghan government," Braley said.
He said the U.S needs to reduce spending on its nuclear arsenal, which is outdated and no longer is needed, as before it served as a deterrent to a Soviet Union attack.
Braley has been busy traveling the 20-county 1st District in recent weeks leading up the Nov. 6 election.
"I'm excited to talk to voters in the new 1st District about my record of achievement," Braley said.