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.
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.