Often overlooked, one important duty I have as your representative in Congress doesn’t involve votes on the House floor or hearings in a committee. Constituent service is how I serve Iowans by helping them navigate the federal bureaucracy and deliver results and solutions to the problems individuals are having with their federal government.
Last week, I held my annual Bringing in the Harvest Tour which took me to farms, agribusinesses, and co-ops in every corner of the Third District. Iowa’s economy relies on a strong farm economy and the hard work folks in agriculture put into their operations.
Iowans work hard every day and as we grow older, we want to know we can retire with dignity and have what we need to retire in comfort with happiness. As I travel across the Third District, I speak with many seniors who want to know if Social Security and Medicare is under the threat of being cut. And I tell them – ‘not under my watch.’
As I drive across the Third District to meet with my bosses in our sixteen counties, I cross bridges in need of repair, roads under construction, and utility lines being replaced. When I’m in the more rural parts of the district, just like others, I sometimes have difficulty connecting with others over the phone because of poor phone service.
Working with President Trump and his administration, we have finally delivered E15 year-round.
Many politicians have promised to expand and strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the President has worked with Iowa and other leaders to deliver on his word.
Iowans are telling me tax relief and the economy is working for them.
I have sat with families at Blank Children’s Hospital and with Iowans with disabilities in their homes who, like me, want to ensure protections for those with pre-existing conditions remain strong.
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.