More on Trade
Last week, I held my annual Bringing in the Harvest Tour which took me to farms, agribusinesses, and co-ops in every corner of the Third District. Iowa’s economy relies on a strong farm economy and the hard work folks in agriculture put into their operations.
As I drive across the Third District to meet with my bosses in our sixteen counties, I cross bridges in need of repair, roads under construction, and utility lines being replaced. When I’m in the more rural parts of the district, just like others, I sometimes have difficulty connecting with others over the phone because of poor phone service. And I hear from families who don’t have reliable internet at home or at their small business.
Iowa Congressman David Young issued the following statement on the announcement of a trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico:
“This is real progress and I’m eager to review the agreement to ensure it’s an improved and better deal for Iowa workers, consumers, farmers, and manufacturers. Mexico and Canada are essential partners and possess important markets for Iowa goods. I’m relieved the relationships with Canada and Mexico are preserved with the vital continuation of a three country trade pact.”
Over the past month, I have been traveling across the Third District meeting with my bosses. I’ve been out working for you even while the U.S. House of Representatives was in its August work period.
As a co-founder of the Congressional Food Waste Caucus, I learned what folks in Iowa are doing to help end hunger and reduce food waste. I helped Eat Greater Des Moines deliver food to those in need and saw firsthand how PDI in Ankeny is repurposing millions of pounds of waste every year.
Iowa Congressman David Young issued the following statement after the announcement of a trade agreement between the United States and Mexico.
As your congressman, it is my job to listen to you and be your voice in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s a position and duty I take seriously. I’m honored to do it every day and push forward on the issues Iowans care about. Last week, the Iowa State Fair brought together Iowans from across the state to celebrate our heritage.
Congressman David Young joined WHO-TV live during the 4 p.m. newscast to speak about the administration's $12 billion trade aid package. Watch the entire interview below.
"What this really is though, is the administration, the President, admitting that his trade policies are hurting Iowa farmers and producers, and all across the heartland for that matter," said Congressman Young during the interview. "Farmers want markets, they want trade, and not necessarily this aid."
For the first time since 2000, there are more job openings than there are people looking for jobs. Across the Third District, Iowans are seeing bigger paychecks as a result of tax relief signed into law last year. Nationally, 90 percent of workers are taking home more money than they were before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law.
Iowa Congressman David Young led Iowa's Congressional delegation on a letter to President Donald J. Trump expressing their continued concerns retaliatory tariffs will harm Iowa's farmers and asked the President to act expeditiously to save Iowa's rural economy.
Iowa has the best workers who produce high quality products shipped around the world. In 2016, Iowans shipped over $12 billion worth of products to other countries.
As I travel to each county every month, I have the opportunity to tour the farms, manufacturers, processing facilities, and other businesses where these products are made. I am always impressed with the ingenuity and hard work I see from the folks at each stop.