October 22, 2014

Congressman Braley says there are signs Obama is taking scandal concerns seriously

Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo, was asked today about the scandals surrounding President Barack Obama. Braley says he has called on the White House to take quick action to address the issues and cited the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Bengazi, and surveillance video he viewed on the attack as an example.

“I called upon the president and the secretary of state to take steps to declassify that video footage and share it with the American public in a way of demonstrating to the American people what actually transpired and eliminate much of the confusion and uncertainty. So far they have taken no action in response to my request,” Braley says.

Braley says he also called on the president to take quick action in the IRS scandal to fire the people responsible for any wrongdoing. He says the Democrat president did eventually take the action that he requested and there are “signs that the president is taking these concerns seriously.”

Braley is running for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, and was asked if the scandals will hurt Democrats in midterm elections if the president isn’t able to get on top of the issues. “I’m not worried at all about the political impact of what the White House is doing. I am worried about the significance to the American people of getting it right,” Braley says.

“That’s what we were sent here to do, that’s what my job is in terms of oversight. And I will continue to push the president and his administration to fix these problems so that we can regain the trust of American voters.”

Braley made his comments during his weekly conference call with reporters.