Almost four months ago, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law a bill - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - putting more money in the pockets of hard working Iowans across the Third District.
Time goes by quickly, months have passed since the New Year has come in and it’s already Spring. As I travel around the Third District, folks share with me how they and their families are benefiting from the new tax relief law, how their businesses - small and large - are feeling freer from burdensome regulations, and how they are feeling optimistic about the future.
On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed legislation funding the government until the end of the fiscal year. The bill was not perfect and the process was not ideal. However, Iowans didn’t send me to Congress to complain about the process – they sent me to Congress to work to make it better where I can. They sent me to make sure our policies and programs help Iowans.
For four years in a row, farm income has been down. Commodity prices are low. Inputs and equipment are expensive. Coupled with fears of retaliation against agriculture from the possibility of a trade war, many farmers are on edge. Our farm families are resilient, but they face mounting pressure which can have a significant impact on their emotions and mental health.
As published in The Des Moines Register on March 15:
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.
A few months ago, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. And before the ink was dry, Americans were seeing the benefits. Paychecks are bigger, businesses are growing, and families across the Third District have more of their hard earned money to do with as they please.
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.
For more than 200 years, in communities across the country, brave and selfless women and men have stepped up to serve our country by donning the uniform and putting their life on the line for the love of country. When these servicemembers return home, we owe them a deep debt of gratitude and so much more.