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.
For parents in Iowa and across the country, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of their family. Especially their children. And for too many, financial hurdles sometimes stand in their way of ensuring their children receive the health care they need.
When traveling the Third District speaking with farmers, producers and folks who rely on agriculture to make a living for themselves and their family, I hear how low prices for farm products and commodities have hurt families and our rural communities. These continually low prices make it difficult for folks to break even, let alone make a profit, hire workers, provide for their families,
For Iowans and all Americans, the end of the year is a time of reflection and looking ahead. This past year, our communities and nation have experienced trials and triumphs – not unlike those felt by Iowa families. In Congress, I’ve had the opportunity to honor Iowans rising to challenges they’ve faced or fighting to better our communities.
Another year has come and gone. Throughout the Third District the Christmas spirit is in the air. I can see it and feel it when I visit small towns, farms, businesses, factories, schools, and clinics in every county in the Third District.
When I visit folks throughout the Third District, they share with me their successes, and unfortunately, their struggles. I take their stories with me to Congress where I work as hard as I can to help Iowans.
Congress has been working over the past several months to provide deserved tax relief to hardworking Iowa taxpayers. As we near the finish line, there are groups fighting hard to protect the decades old and status quo tax code which is broken for most everyday Iowans.
As we approach the end of the year and the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to express my thanks to the folks of Iowa’s Third Congressional District. I’m thankful I have the great honor of representing you in the United States Congress.
On this Veterans Day, we need to thank each and every individual who donned the uniform and stepped up and responded to the call of duty by serving the United States and her people. It is because of their selflessness, bravery and courage we have the privilege of living in this great country.
This week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a plan to deliver tax relief to Iowans who need and deserve it the most: the hardworking middle class - the backbone of the Iowa workforce and economy. The bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, smashes the status quo tax system that has rewarded those who could afford expensive tax lawyers and lobbyists.