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.
Iowans know our seniors provide a strong foundation in our communities. Whether parents or grandparents, friends or neighbors, our seniors across the country impart life lessons and wisdom. They continue to contribute lifetimes of experience - as teachers, doctors and nurses, servicemen and women, business owners, mentors - and more to make our nation great.
Two-hundred and forty-two years ago, the United States was born and so began the greatest experiment in human history. Could a Republic stand the test of time and resist the pull to autocracy or the pressure to break up into multiple small countries?
Iowans sent me to Congress to represent their values and those don’t include separating families. Many Iowans, like me, are concerned about what is happening at our southern border and I have been working with my colleagues to find a solution to this issue and address other important immigration priorities.
The number is in: 174. That's the number of people who die every day as a result of drug addiction in America, according to the Center for Disease Control.
It seems at every turn, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator Scott Pruitt is doing everything he can to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), despite President Trump’s pledges and wishes to preserve it. President Trump needs to have a serious conversation with Administrator Pruitt to uphold and enforce the RFS.
Iowa has the best workers who produce high quality products shipped around the world. In 2016, Iowans shipped over $12 billion worth of products to other countries.
There’s a lot going on. And as the news media goes through its reporting cycles and posts headlines, sometimes important issues before Congress get lost and don’t get the coverage they deserve.
Last week, two bipartisan bills (which could affect you or someone you know) were signed into law, and recently 14 bipartisan veterans bills were passed in the House of Representatives.
At the end of this week, in cemeteries across the United States, flowers and small American flags will mark the final resting places of those who served our country. The flag is placed as a tribute to their service on the day all Americans set aside to remember their sacrifice, Memorial Day.
On one of my many school visits, I visited an elementary school here in the Third District. I sat with students during their breakfast and when the bell rang, signaling the time to head to their classroom, I watched students walk to the garbage can and dump trays full of food into it.