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Loebsack invites Glenn Beck to see the damage himself


WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- In the ongoing war of words between Congressman Dave Loebsack and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, Beck has now been invited to visit the devastation first hand.

On Tuesday, Congressman Loebsack sent Beck an invitation to see the flood damage the city sustained for himself.

Along with an invitation, Loebsack sent Beck a copy of "In Deep Water: The Flood of 2008," a DVD that highlights the devastation Iowa suffered.

The whole situation started when Beck was talking about the "2010 Pig Book", a list released by Citizens Against Government Waste highlighting the government spending that they consider wasteful.

$500,000 worth of funding for the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library made the list and Beck agreed.

The museum had five buildings severely damaged totaling $11 million.

Loebsack says the reopening of the museum means job creation, economic development and increased tourism in Cedar Rapids.

Loebsack's letter to Beck is below:

April 20, 2010

Mr. Glenn Beck
FOX News Channel
1211 Avenue of the Americas
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Dear Mr. Beck,

During a recent broadcast of your television program which aired on FOX News Channel on Friday April 16, you hosted a segment on government waste. During this segment you discussed what were described as "examples of unbelievable waste" and referenced funding for the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (NCSML) located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

I applaud any effort to raise the issue of government waste, but I must disagree with the assessment that funds to assist the flood-damaged NCSML are an example of unbelievable waste.

As you may be aware, in the summer of 2008, the State of Iowa was devastated by record flooding. The City of Cedar Rapids, located in my Congressional District, was particularly damaged suffering billions in damage overall. Thousands of homes, businesses, and community resources were damaged and even today many Iowans are still in the process of recovering and rebuilding their communities.

The damage to the city has greatly affected the overall local and regional economy, led to a loss of cultural resources, and has hurt our families at the most basic level. Specifically, the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library had five buildings that were severely damaged during the floods with total damage estimated at $11 million. I would like to invite you to visit Cedar Rapids to view the progress first-hand in order to better understand the community-wide efforts to rebuild and recover. 

Coincidentally, the same evening your program aired, the museum opened a new exhibit, Rising Above the Flood – The Story of People and The Flood. The opening of this new exhibit represents the type of hard work and dedication to community we should be proud of and certainly marks a milestone in recovery for our area.

Again, I would like to extend an invitation for you to visit the City of Cedar Rapids and view the flood damage and continued recovery efforts first-hand. I have enclosed a DVD entitled "In Deep Water: The Flood of 2008" that highlights the devastation that Cedar Rapids and the State of Iowa experienced. Thank you for your time and consideration of this invitation.


Dave Loebsack
Member of Congress

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