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The number is in: 174. That's the number of people who die every day as a result of drug addiction in America, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Chances are you or someone you know has been affected by the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. It affects everyone regardless of gender, race, age, economic status, or where you live. Urban. Suburban. Rural. The addiction does not discriminate. It is ripping apart communities and families across the Third District.
On one of my many school visits, I visited an elementary school here in the Third District. I sat with students during their breakfast and when the bell rang, signaling the time to head to their classroom, I watched students walk to the garbage can and dump trays full of food into it. Whole bananas, unopened cartons of milk, and other untouched foods simply dropped into the trash.
Iowa Congressman David Young joined Agriculture Secretary Perdue for a round table discussion on ways to reduce food waste. Last week, Congressman Young and Congresswoman Pingree started the Food Waste Caucus.
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 joined Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-05) and Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-02) to introduce the FFA Charter Amendments Act which will modernize the National FFA organization to better reflect agriculture education in the 21st Century.
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.
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.
Since the horrific tragedy last month at a school in Parkland, Florida, and even before then, Americans are asking questions and looking for answers. For me and many others, a significant question remains: what appropriate steps should the federal government take to protect our children and employees at schools?
Iowa is the best state in the country. We’ve been saying this for years. And now there is data and metrics to prove it. U.S. News and World Report released its 2018 Best States report, it shows Iowa ranked number one - something we Iowans already knew.
Every four years the national media recognizes Iowa as the “first in the nation” for our presidential caucuses. Now, we are recognized as the best state in the country - the first in the nation.
Iowa’s Third District is a dynamic and diverse district. It has the most populous county in the state – Polk County – and the least populous county in the state – Adams County. There are businesses of every kind and every size, families who have lived here for generations and new families from countries around the world. It encompasses 16 counties – the sweet sixteen as I like to call them – which stretch from Mitchellville to Hamburg.
And I work in Congress to do my best to address many federal issues, no matter how many people it affects.