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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.
Iowa Congressman David Young, Vermont Congressman Peter Welch, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and South Dakota Senator John Thune announced their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve call completions has passed the House and now goes to the President's desk for his signature.
An elected official’s most important duty is listening to and speaking with the folks who he or she represents. Not only do I travel to and visit every one of the 16 counties in the Third District every month, I also hold a Coffee with My Congressman public forum and have multiple open office hours sessions with my bosses – the folks of Iowa’s Third District - every year in each county throughout the district. So far this month, I've already held 14 town hall forums throughout the district - from Milo in Warren County to Riverton in Fremont County.
Too often the bureaucracy and mindset of Washington, D.C. leaves rural America behind. From unworkable and unnecessary regulations to a lack of appropriate funding for critical projects, Americans and Iowans in rural areas seem to have been forgotten by the federal government.
As I travel across the Third District meeting with Iowans, holding town halls, and listening to folks’ stories, I gather their triumphs, struggles, solutions, frustrations, and concerns to carry with me to Congress and work on real solutions to the issues Iowans are facing.
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