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Loebsack among Democrats planning to skip Netanyahu speech

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress today has further strained an already tense relationship with President Barack Obama.
And a number of  Democrats — including Rep. Dave Loebsack, plan to skip it.  His communications director, Joe Hand, told KWWL in a statement that it is unlikely Loebsack will attend the speech.

“[Loebsack] has significant concerns about the political nature and bungling of the invitation by Speaker Boehner,” Hand said in a statement. “He also doesn't believe that this speech will move us towards the common goal that is shared by everyone, which is ensuring Iran doesn't achieve nuclear-weapons capability.”

Netanyahu is expected to use the speech to criticize the White House's efforts to negotiate a deal on Iran's nuclear program. 

According to CNN, at least 45 Democratic House members and eight Democratic senators have said in recent weeks they won't be in attendance.

Loebsack is Iowa's only Democratic lawmaker.  Both Sen. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, who were two of many Republican cosponsors on a resolution “warmly” welcoming Netanyahu to speak to Congress, plan to be at Tuesday's speech.  Representatives Steve King, David Young and Rod Blum are expected to attend as well.




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