First, read Dave’s statement on Facebook
Here is a link to the legislation. It is not too much to ask critics to at least read the bill.
Most importantly, check out Dave’s career voting record on VoteSmart. Dave has a very poor voting record on conservatives’ bucket list and an excellent voting record in support of progressive issues.
Dave Loebsack is my congressman. I voted for him in 2006 when he defeated Republican Jim Leach and each election since then. I worked with friends and family to help him get elected. I viewed Jim Leach as an enabler for the Bush/Cheney administration and I was ecstatic when Dave won. I am proud of Dave and his representation of my district.
There has been a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth on social media over Dave’s vote on the immigration bill this week. He voted with 46 other Democratic representatives with a majority of Republicans for a bill that makes it more difficult for Syrian refugees to enter the country.
This is a bill that President Obama has vowed to veto, and Senate Democrats have committed to blocking any attempt to override that veto. This is a bill that was going to pass the House by a large margin and very likely will never be put into effect. So what was at stake with this vote? Was it messaging? Was it principle? Was it a progressive purity test?
Dave represents one fourth of the population of Iowa. District 2 runs from Davenport to Osceola to Newton. It is urban and rural. We Iowans are a mixed group. And our district is a mixed group. Dave is committed to and does a great job of, representing the whole district.
He attempts to work across party lines to benefit all of us. He takes votes that I disagree with. He at times offers weak defenses of these votes. But for those who take this to mean that he is no longer worthy of your support I have these questions. Do you not understand the political process? Do you not see what has become of the Republican Party here in Iowa and in the nation?
Dave has a great record in his 8 years in congress. He works to get things done. He works with others to get bills passed. Yes – he votes against his party at times. Yes – he votes against the president at times. Yes, at times the president and the Democrats pass legislation that I don’t agree with. But to say that Dave Loebsack does not serve and represent our district well is just plain wrong. He leads on some issues and he follows on others. I find that most often he has well-reasoned explanations of his positions.
Disagree with him on his votes. Let him know why you think he is wrong. But leave off with the “I deserve better” rhetoric. Leave off with the “someone more progressive should run against him in a primary” rhetoric. And please leave off with the name calling. He is at this time the last standing Democrat from Iowa in Congress. He’s there because he works hard and because he’s in the District every weekend meeting and talking with Iowans. He deserves better from you.