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If you’re wired into social media, the internet, 24-hour cable news or talk radio, you would think the only things coming out of Washington, D.C. this year are President Trump; Russia; controversy; investigations; protests; anger; and gridlock.
It’s been difficult to hear or see the reality over the blaring and flashing “BREAKING NEWS” alerts which fill the airwaves continuously each broadcast hour.
The reality is the most common sounds coming from the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017 are the words “the bill is passed”.
The week ahead overview will be sent each week Congress is in session. All times are in Central Time.
Tax simplification has been a topic of discussion since the 115th Congress began in January of this year. The debate has moved from "if" Congress will take steps to reform and simplify the federal tax code to "when" it will happen.
One major component of tax simplification will be through changes to federal income taxes.
There is a famous quote attributed to John Lennon that is, “life is what happens to us when we are busy making other plans”. Often when talking with veterans of our armed forces, this sentiment enters the conversation when discussing unexpected life paths after active duty – especially when it comes to their educational pursuits.
FIGHTING FOR RURAL IOWA
The county courthouse, the hometown cafe, and the mom and pop shop on the square across Iowa are a few of the defining features making our beautiful state unique. Our small town values have defined us for centuries and our work ethic has kept us humble. Unfortunately, over the past few years, we have seen small towns getting smaller and the mom and pop shops we have been visiting for years are closing their doors, threatening our every day way of life.
Rep. David Young Sends Bipartisan Letter on Trade to President Trump
WASHINGTON D.C. – On March 21, Congressman David Young (R-IA) and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) led a bipartisan letter, joined by 52 of their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, to President Trump urging the Administration to prioritize trade agreements.
Rural Iowa is God’s country. There’s something special about living and working in the heartland but we all know rural America has seen some recent economic challenges. These challenges risk people leaving rural areas to seek opportunities elsewhere. Here in Iowa, our communities are working hard to reverse these trends by building and starting new businesses in rural areas across the state.
As I travel through Iowa’s Third District each week, I hear frustrations from many of our friends and neighbors who simply want Washington to get out of the way and stop telling them how to live their lives or run their businesses.