Today, Bruce Braley visited the Blue Strawberry Coffee Company in Cedar Rapids and the Hamburg Inn No. 2 in Iowa City to talk to Iowans about the issues that matter to them and his plans to fight for working families in the U.S. Senate.
Braley spoke with Iowans today on a variety of issues--from his plans to increase the minimum wage and provide 300,000 Iowans with a pay raise, to his fight to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare for all generations of Iowans, to his efforts to work across the aisle to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard that supports nearly 75,000 Iowa jobs, to his efforts to keep college affordable.
"Today I had important conversations with my fellow Iowans on the issues that matter to them--from growing the economy and creating jobs, to raising the minimum wage, to protecting retirement security and maintaining access to a quality and affordable education," said Braley. "What I heard from almost everyone was they want a U.S. Senator who can bring people together and put Iowa first. I am proud of my record of reaching across the party divide to deliver results for Iowa, and I will always make Iowa's working families my number one priority."
State Sen. Joni Ernst has sided with the oil billionaire Koch brothers backing her campaign on these and other issues. Ernst thinks $7.25 per hour -- or $15,000 per year -- is an "appropriate" minimum wage for Iowa; has said that privatizing Social Security "is an option"; and has said that the federal government needs to get out of the student loan business.
Yesterday, Braley visited two ethanol plants in northwest Iowa to discuss his efforts to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and pass a Farm Bill. Braley has earned the endorsement of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. In contrast, Sen. Ernst has said she is "philosophically opposed" to the RFS and would have voted against the Farm Bill.