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.
Each year, the President comes to the U.S. Capitol to speak to members of Congress, but more importantly, to address the American people. The President usually comments on current events, touts accomplishments, and lays out an agenda for the coming year.
An elected official’s most important duty is listening to and speaking with the folks who he or she represents.
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.