Acts of violence across the country devastate families and communities. In some cases, firearms are used to terrorize innocent people. As I visit with Iowans across the Third District every month, I continue to hear from law enforcement about ways to improve safety. I hear from parents concerned about their children.
Our Republic was designed to make sure the people had a voice in government and could determine the outcomes of policy and laws made by Congress. I work every day to make sure I take the voices and will of the people in the Third District to the halls of Congress as I advocate on their behalf.
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.
Our veterans deserve the best. When servicemembers return home, we owe them a deep debt of gratitude and so much more. In Congress, I'm working to make sure we are paying back that debt whenever possible.
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.
Iowans sent me to Congress to help improve the economy and provide economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. And this has been accomplished through lowering taxes on individuals and job providers.
In the United States, 40 percent of food is lost or wasted somewhere along the food supply chain. Billions of pounds of food end up in landfills or down the drain, and much of it was safe for consumption before it was thrown away. It has been a goal of mine to reduce food waste and combat hunger.
2018 is quickly passing by and it’s important to reflect on our accomplishments as a community and country, and continue to strive towards improvements for Iowa.
The first half of 2018 has been busy and productive. I’ve been working hard on behalf of my bosses - the folks of Iowa’s Third District. I wanted to take a moment to report to you on just some of my work so far this year.
Just over a month ago, I wrote Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt had “hurt farmers, workers, and simply, hurt Iowa.” I said this because his actions were undercutting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by handing out financial “hardship” waivers to a company which made a $1.5 billion profit in 2017.
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.