DES MOINES – Iowa Democratic Party Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement in advance of Independence Day:
“On behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party, I want to wish all Iowans a Happy Fourth of July. This weekend, we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence; a document that announced America’s independence from Great Britain and the beginning of our great country.
DES MOINES – IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement in response to Governor Terry Branstad’s shameful decisions today to reject the bipartisan legislative proposals on education funding and to keep the Clarinda and Mount Pleasant mental health institutes open.
“I want to commend Leader Gronstal, Leader Smith and all Democrats in the legislature for fighting everyday on behalf of Iowa’s families, our students and our most vulnerable citizens. In the face of unyielding partisanship from House Republicans and absent leadership from Governor Branstad, Iowa Democrats made it clear that education and mental health care are top priorities, and worked tirelessly to forge bipartisan compromises that could pass both chambers.
“And then today, Governor Branstad vetoed legislation to provide essential funding for K-12 schools and cemented his unilateral pursuit to close two of Iowa’s four mental health facilities.
DES MOINES – Score it another big victory for Washington special interests at the expense of Iowa small businesses.
During an interview yesterday on The Simon Conway Show, Congressman David Young formally announced his opposition to reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which expired at midnight due to Congressional inaction and pressure from Tea Party special interests. Young’s announcement comes shortly after fellow Iowa GOP Congressman Rod Blum announced his opposition to the Ex-Im Bank as well.
DES MOINES – IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement in response to the closures of the Clarinda and Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institutes last night:
“Here in Iowa, we have a proud legacy of taking care of our own. When Iowans are in need or require help, we stand together in support of our neighbors and their families.
“At a time when mental health services across the state are already scarce, the last thing we should be doing is cutting services and programs to vulnerable Iowans who need them. That’s why the Iowa community–including local officials, mental health advocates and both Democrats and Republicans–has supported keeping the Mental Health Institutes open.