More on Trade
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.
Iowa Congressman David Young and Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind today sent a bipartisan letter to Thailand's Ambassador to the United States Virachai Plasai calling for Thailand to remove its unfair restrictions on American goods, specifically pork. The letter, signed by 44 members of Congress, says Congress may take action to suspend or completely end Thailand's trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences if their restrictions on imports of American farm products are not lifted.
Iowans and Americans across the country are optimistic about the economy. Large and small businesses are giving bonuses to workers, expanding their operations with new workers, and upgrading their equipment. While we continue to make great strides, more must be done to help our farmers and agriculture community.
About every five years Congress considers a new Farm Bill – legislation shaping our nation’s agriculture policy. The current Farm Bill expires this year, giving us a chance to renew and reevaluate our farms programs.
Iowa Congressman David Young pressed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on the administration's position on trade and expressed his frustration with the EPA issuing hardship waivers to companies who clearly are not experiencing a hardship. The questioning came during a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture Wednesday.
Secretary Perdue indicated his support of more trade agreements saying he told the President to "go get a better deal."