Bruce Braley

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Bruce Braley


Bruce Braley was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 1st district of Iowa.

Background

Congressman Bruce Braley was born in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1957. He grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa, in Poweshiek County and graduated from BGM High School. In 1983, Bruce married Dubuque native Carolyn Kalb and moved to Waterloo, where they still live today.[1]

Education

Bruce Braley attended the Iowa State University in Ames where he was awarded a B.A. in 1980. Bruce graduated from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1983. [2]

Career

After law school, Braley worked in Waterloo as an attorney for 23 years, holding corporations accountable to their employees and consumers. Bruce has represented employees challenging dangerous company safety standards and has fought for people who lost their jobs and pensions.[3]

Committees

Congressman Braley has been appointed to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

He also serves on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and sits on the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending and the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations.

Congressman Braley served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he made his mark expanding renewable energy to create jobs and working to reform health care to lower costs and save taxpayers money.[4]

Anti War stance

In 2006, an open seat in Iowa’s first congressional district, labor lawyer Bruce Braley won a crowded primary by threatening to defund the war effort in Iraq.[5]

ICAN 30th Anniversary Award Celebration

Iowa Citizen Action Network 30th Anniversary Award Celebration, was held Hilton Garden Inn 8600 Northport Drive Johnston, IA, Saturday March 28, 2009.

2009 ICAN Award Recipients

Legislative Leadership: Bruce Braley, presented by William McNary

Grassroots Leadership: PCCI – Progressive Coalition of Central Iowa, presented by Mayor Frank Cownie

Political Strategist: Brad Lint, presented by Mike Lux[6]

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Bruce Braley in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Iowa.[7]

2012 CLW House victories

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2012 Council for a Livable World House Victories were;

Ron Barber (D-AZ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Lois Capps (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Brad Schneider(D-IL), Carol Shea-Porter(D–NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mark Takano(D-CA) and John Tierney(D-MA)..[8]

The Council said of Braley;

Braley has been a strong ally in Congress for arms control and antiwar activists. He has earned a 100% on the PeacePAC voting record every year he has been office. He has voted to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. He has voted for U.S. funding of the United Nations, and against funding for new nuclear weapons and expensive weapons systems that are relics of the Cold War, such as the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter and against deploying ineffective national missile defense programs.[9]

2014 Senate endorsement

CLW endorsed Braley for a 2014 Senate run;

Bruce Braley (D) was elected to represent Iowa’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. Council for a Livable World’s PeacePAC supported Braley in that race because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war and support for seeking multilateral solutions to global problems. Facing a Republican millionaire in a battleground district, Braley surprised political handicappers by winning a resounding twelve point victory. He is the perfect candidate to succeed retiring Senator Tom Harkin (D).
Braley has been a strong ally in Congress for arms control and antiwar activists. He has earned a 100% on the PeacePAC voting record every year he has been office. He has voted to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. He has voted for U.S. funding of the United Nations, and against funding for new nuclear weapons and expensive weapons systems that are relics of the Cold War, such as the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter and against deploying ineffective national missile defense programs.[10]

Populist Caucus

The Populist Caucus was founded on February 11, 2009 in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bruce Braley of Iowa. The caucus originally included 26 other Democrats in the House.

2009 letter on Colombia

From November 6th through December 7th 2009, a letter calling for change in U.S. policy towards Colombia was circulated through the House of Representatives. This letter called for a decrease in U.S. aid for Colombia's military and an increase in support for human rights and humanitarian efforts. The initiators of this letter were —Representatives James McGovern, Jan Schakowsky, Donald Payne, and Mike Honda.

Dear Secretary of State Clinton,
The FY 2011 budget will contain the twelfth year of a major aid package to Colombia—an aid package originally slated to phase out after six years.
After eleven years, it is time to scale down assistance for Colombia's military and more systematically "Colombianize" such programs, within both the State Department and Defense Department budgets.

Signatories included Bruce Braley.[11]

Supported Lifting the Gaza Blockade

On Jan. 27, 2010, U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison and Jim McDermott led 52 other members of Congress in signing a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, calling for him to use diplomatic pressure to resolve the blockade affecting Gaza. Bruce Braley was one of the signatories of the letter. [12] The entire letter together with a complete list of signatories can be read by clicking here.

Peace Action support

In the 2014 mid terms, six of the eight pro-peace candidates in battlegrounds that Peace Action prioritized won election: Senators Jeff Merkley (OR), Al Franken (MN), Gary Peters (MI), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and House members Mike Honda (CA) and Rick Nolan (MN). [The two who lost Bruce Braley (IA) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH).][13]

Braley has been a leader on peace issues since he came to Congress in Iowa’s 1st district in 2007. He called for a withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. He signed the “Give Diplomacy a Chance” on Iran and the letter asking the President for a Congressional vote on airstrikes on Syria in 2013. He also introduced the True Cost of War Act looking at the long­-term costs of our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Braley voted against funding for new nuclear weapons and Cold War weapons systems like the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter and against deploying the ineffective national missile defense program.[14]
You may have heard that control of the Senate is up for grabs. Peace Action is non-partisan. For example, earlier this year we endorsed Walter Jones (R-NC) because of his tireless work to bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan and to cut the Pentagon budget. That said, it is clear that a Republican controlled Senate would not have passed the New START Treaty a few years ago and would not be good for Peace Action issues.
It is for that reason that we are supporting candidates in several close Senate races like Gary Peters in Michigan, Bruce Braley in Iowa and Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire.[15]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and Senator, Charlie Hogue, were assigned as the contact for Rep. Braley. In June it was Blaine Rittmer.[16][17]

JStreet endorsement

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed Bruce Braley in his 2014 Senate run from Iowa. [18]

21st Century Democrats

21st Century Democrats unsuccessfully endorsed Bruce Braley for Senator from Iowa in 2014.[19]

IARA meeting

Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans members sit down to speak with Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA), the Democratic candidate to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) in the US Senate, June 16, 2014.

Pictured: Kat Ulrich, Keever Swenka, Rich Running, Karen Hartlep, Don Johnson, Stu Hartlep, and Congressman Braley (at center)
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ARA endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Bruce Braley in 2014, also 2012.[21]

IARA medicare event

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Praising CAIR

“CAIR’s work continues to ensure that the principles upon which our nation was founded are upheld.”-Rep. Bruce L. Braley (D-Iowa) (2013).[22]

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