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Iowa Congressman David Young continued his fight to restore the biodiesel tax credit. In December, Congressman Young led 42 of his colleagues on a letter asking the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to advance a multi-year extension of the credit.
Time goes by quickly, months have passed since the New Year has come in and it’s already Spring. As I travel around the Third District, folks share with me how they and their families are benefiting from the new tax relief law, how their businesses - small and large - are feeling freer from burdensome regulations, and how they are feeling optimistic about the future.
Iowa Congressman David Young today introduced the WATER Act (Water and Targeted Environmental Research Act) as part of his continued focus on improving the quality of Iowa's water and soil health.
On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed legislation funding the government until the end of the fiscal year. The bill was not perfect and the process was not ideal. However, Iowans didn’t send me to Congress to complain about the process – they sent me to Congress to work to make it better where I can. They sent me to make sure our policies and programs help Iowans.
For four years in a row, farm income has been down. Commodity prices are low. Inputs and equipment are expensive. Coupled with fears of retaliation against agriculture from the possibility of a trade war, many farmers are on edge. Our farm families are resilient, but they face mounting pressure which can have a significant impact on their emotions and mental health.
Our farmers feed the world and work in an environment which can be stressful because of their dependence on changing markets, weather, and other factors outside of their control.
Iowa Congressman David Young issued the following statement after voting to pass the Fiscal Year 18 Appropriations bill:
"This bill includes a number of provisions which will help Iowans by rebuilding our military, securing our homeland, combating the opioid crisis, and securing our schools.
"After years of neglect, our soldiers are getting a pay raise and the resources they need to train, fight, win, and return to their families. We help secure our border and stem the flow of illegal goods into our country.
A long sought fix to Section 199A of the tax code, often referred to as the "grain glitch," was included in text of the omnibus spending package introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today.
As published in The Des Moines Register on March 15:
Our economy is headed in the right direction. In 2017’s last quarter, the economy grew at 2.5 percent. Private-sector jobs defied expectations and grew by 313,000 in February. The national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent is at a 17-year low. Consumer confidence is the highest since 2000 and wages are up 2.6 percent compared with a year ago.
In an effort to turn the tide on the unacceptably high rates of suicide among farmers, Reps.
Today, Iowa Congressman David Young and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst along with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and Congressmen Steve King, Dave Loebsack, and Rod Blum sent a letter to President Trump urging him not to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that could harm Iowa’s farmers and manufacturers.