Speak Up To End The Shutdown

Rob Hogg

From the desk of Senator Rob Hogg:

Speak Up to End the Shutdown/

On Tuesday, call Senator Ernst (202-224-3254) and
Senator Grassley (202-224-3744) to ask for
a U.S. Senate vote to end the shutdown

Plus National Debt Watch and Upcoming Events
in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Des Moines, and Vinton

Dear Friends:

The ongoing shutdown, intentionally or not, is hurting our country – our workers, our businesses, our farmers, and our economy as a whole. Today (Saturday, January 19) is Day 29 of the shutdown. The U.S. Senate has not had a vote to end the shutdown.

We cannot let Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley, and other Senate Republicans avoid their responsibility for the ongoing shutdown. They can vote to re-open the government and override any veto by Trump, but they haven’t even had a vote.

On Tuesday, January 22, please call or visit Senator Ernst and Senator Grassley. You can reach them at their D.C. offices (202-224-3254 for Ernst and 202-224-3744 for Grassley) or you can call or visit at one of their in-state offices:

Senator Joni Ernst

221 Federal Building
8 South Sixth Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Phone: (712) 352-1167

194 Federal Building
320 Sixth Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: (712) 252-1550

733 Federal Building
210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 284-4574

111 Seventh Avenue SE Suite 480
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 365-4504

201 West Second Street Suite 806
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: (563) 322-0677

Senator Chuck Grassley

307 Federal Building
8 South 6th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Phone: (712) 322-7103

120 Federal Building
320 6th Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: (712) 233-1860

721 Federal Building
210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 288-1145

210 Waterloo Building
531 Commercial Street
Waterloo, IA 50701
Phone: (319) 232-6657

111 7th Avenue SE, Box 13
Suite 6800
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 363-6832

201 West 2nd Street
Suite 720
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: (563) 322-4331

After you have made your phone call or visit to their in-state office, please send me an email at senatorrobhogg@gmail.com so I can track how many calls and visits are made. We must speak up to end the shutdown, end the harm to the United States, and get our government working again for us.

National Debt Watch

The national debt has increased by more than $2 trillion since Trump took office with the help of Senators Ernst and Grassley. On January 17, 2019, the “debt to the penny” stood at $21,954,771,806,120.41, or $2,007,467,250,907.92 more than it did on January 20, 2017.

That increase reflects more than $6,000 for each and every American – leading to higher interest costs, higher interest rates, and higher inflation, and undermining the ability of government to respond in the future.

We must scale back the huge GOP tax cuts for the wealthiest corporations and individuals, stop Trump’s wasteful spending, restore fiscal discipline, and adopt policies that create jobs and raise wages for working families and the middle class.

Presidential Visits

Iowans take the Presidential nominating process seriously. I hope you get a chance to meet all the candidates.

This week, I will be attending a visit from U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell of California, who will be at Brick Alley Pub and Sports Bar, 1038 7th Avenue, in Marion, on Friday, January 25, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. For more details, visit:

If you know of other upcoming Presidential candidate visits, please let me know in advance and I will try to share in future email updates, especially if I am able to attend.

Other Upcoming Events

Please join me at one or more of these upcoming events, and feel free to invite others who might be interested:

Cedar Rapids – Thursday, January 24, 5:30 p.m. – The Linn Phoenix Club has a free meeting at Raygun, 1028 3rd Street SE, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. to review the 2018 elections and look forward to 2020 with special guests, Emily Parcell of Wildfire Contact and Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa. For details, visit:

Cedar Rapids – Saturday, January 26, noon – The Cedar Wapsi group of the Iowa Sierra Club is holding its annual chili lunch and outdoor gear sale at 906 17th Street NE from noon to 2:00 p.m. For details, visit:

Cedar Rapids – Saturday, January 26, 6:00 p.m. – The Indian Creek Nature Center is hosting the Backcountry Film Festival at 5300 Otis Road SE, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. For details, visit:

Des Moines – Wednesday, January 30, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – The College and Young Democrats of Iowa are sponsoring their annual “Day on the Hill” at the State Capitol in Des Moines. CYDI is for all Democrats ages 18 to 35. For details, visit:

Cedar Rapids – Saturday, February 2, 10:30 a.m. – Several Democratic legislators from Linn County are holding a “grassroots forum and organizing event” at Groundswell Café, 201 3rd Ave. SW, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. to update citizens on current issues and discuss how citizens can help. For details, visit:

Cedar Rapids – Saturday, February 16, 10:00 a.m. – The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Linn County legislative forum at Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th Street SE, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. For details, visit:

Vinton – Friday, February 22, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. – The Cedar River Watershed Coalition is holding its semi-annual meeting at the Kirkwood Benton County Center, 111 W. 3rd Street, in Vinton. For details, visit:

I hope this information is helpful. As always, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Working together, with a renewed spirit of citizenship, I still believe we can build safe, healthy, prosperous, inclusive, sustainable, and growing communities across Iowa.


Senator Rob Hogg
Cedar Rapids

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