With the state's 1st Congressional District getting larger due to redistricting, it has meant more stops for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, during his re-election announcement tour.
Braley stopped in Marshalltown at the Orpheum Theater coffee shop Thursday to make his official announcement in the area as part of a three-day, six-city tour as he seeks his fourth term in Congress.
"This job that I'm privileged to have is all about one thing - helping people," Braley told the crowd of 20 people at the outdoor patio. "That's why I get up in the morning and go to work is to help the people that I represent in the 1st district of Iowa."
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U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, talked to a crowd of 20 people Thursday on the patio of the Orpheum Theater coffee shop. Braley was on his re-election announcement tour.
Braley, a former attorney who lives in Waterloo, will run against a yet-to-be-named Republican candidate this November. Republicans Ben Lange, of Independence, and Rod Blum, of Dubuque, are squaring off in the June 5 primary.
Braley did not want to comment on either of them Thursday and said he would have no impact on the Republican primary.
"I'll wait until after they have a candidate and then start worrying about that," Braley said.
The biggest issue in Washington, D.C. right now is the pending decision by the Supreme Court whether or not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Braley said repealing the act would take the country back to a time of rising health care costs and less accessibility of care.
"I think that people need to take a step back and remember how bad things were before that bill became law," Braley said. "...If that is repealed we're going to go back to that same inefficient system."
If elected, Braley said he will continue to fight for veterans and also feels the cost of higher education for students needs to be looked at.
"The opportunity to pursue their educational dreams is increasingly being priced out of reach," Braley said.
Other stops on his three-day tour included Brooklyn, Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Dubuque and Waterloo.