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Braley: Fiscal gridlock is frustrating

December 6, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, said the fiscal gridlock in Congress and the talk of the "fiscal cliff" is frustrating.

"It's frustrating for me right now - the lack of progress that we've made," Braley said in a conference call with Iowa reporters Wednesday. "It's time for congressional leaders to quit posturing and come together and solve this problem."

With all the focus on these talks, he said other key issues have been brushed aside, such as the Farm Bill and the wind energy tax credit deadline.

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He said they need to focus on these "important choices we have to make," and move past the fiscal gridlock. Braley continues to work to try to get the Farm Bill passed for long-term stability.

"It's important for people in Iowa to continue and weigh in and push for a five-year Farm Bill," Braley said.

As deadlines approach at the end of the year, Braley admitted it's made for a whirlwind time in Washington.

"It's a very chaotic time out here," he said.

Braley also talked about a decision by the House to pass legislation on the removal of governmental regulations on refrigerated deli-styled display cases, which affects Marshalltown employer Lennox. This would put them in their own energy efficiency category and not grouped in with refrigerators.

Braley was instrumental in leading the effort in the House and now is hopeful for a possible Senate passing and a signature from the president on this legislation. He said the adoption of this amendment will help protect manufacturing jobs at Lennox in Marshalltown.

"Lennox is a very important manufacturer," Braley said.

Braley was shown some classified video that sheds new light into the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya. He eventually hopes Americans could view the footage and as it would "provide missing information." He was unsure how much, if any, would be released to the public due to its classified nature.



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