For Immediate Release:
September 26, 2013
Will Branstad Finally Address the GOP Call for a Government Shutdown Today?
Branstad to talk jobs, education today, but mum on shutdown that would cut jobs, education
Des Moines, IA – Fresh off his trip to DC where he planned to stand with some of the loudest voices pushing for a government shutdown, Governor Terry Branstad will participate in events where he will address jobs and the economy. However, he has yet to address the looming government shutdown that would lay people off and make deep cuts to education.
Branstad is scheduled to speak at noon at the John Pappajohn Business Plan Competition Awards Luncheon, where he will deliver remarks about jobs and the economy. The GOP government shutdown could hurt the Iowa small businesses, as the Small Business Administration would stop processing new loans, preventing small business owners from accessing the credit they need. Iowa workers that were impacted by outsourcing would no longer receive assistance, and the FHA would not be able to process new loans if the government shuts down.
At 3pm, Branstad is scheduled to speak to the State Board of Education, where he no doubt will tout his failed education policies in our state. The GOP government shutdown would hurt thousands of college students, who would no longer receive their Federal work-study and Perkins grants, as well as 8,000 Iowa children who would find their Head Start Center closing its doors.
“Leadership is about leading,” said IDP Chair Scott Brennan. “Unfortunately, Terry Branstad would rather bury his head in the sand than stand up to the damage his party wants to cause to our economic wellbeing and our children. Since Terry Branstad doesn’t seem interested in fighting back against the GOP government shutdown and the damage it will cause our state, it’s time for Iowans to elect a Governor who will actually lead and stand up for Iowans.”