IA-01 Update
Friend,

It was great to be back in IA-01 this week traveling around the district and hearing about issues that matter to Iowans. I had visits and meetings in Dubuque, Marshalltown, Grinnell, and South Amana.

In Dubuque, I had the opportunity to tour the Dupaco Voices Building in the Historic Millwork District. It was great to see how positive of an impact this investment has had in our community.

We were also able to tour the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. They have tons of great exhibits, as well as an expansive wildlife conservation program that I got to experience firsthand. The museum is not only promoting hands on learning for kids, but is also working to bring more visitors to the community which bolsters our tourism economy. They are gearing up for a busy summer and I can't wait to go back with Max and Jax!

I also had the opportunity to donate food at the Dubuque Community School District’s Alta Vista Campus. I recently saw a story in the news about Jennifer Erickson, the counselor at Alta Vista, having kids come to her saying they didn’t have access to food. She then started a food pantry at the school and it has been a tremendous help for those in need. I am inspired by Jennifer and the whole team at Alta Vista who have rallied together to help students and families in our community.

Today, I headed to Marshalltown to visit Asparations Salon and Day Spa, a great small business in our community. I met with the owner, Tasha, who discussed the challenges she faced with reopening the salon. I also visited Brownells, Inc. in Grinnell, a firearms supplier and major employer in our district. We had a great discussion about policies that will support small businesses as well as my support for our Second Amendment rights. We ended the day in South Amana with a tour of a Poweshiek Water Association site. I learned more about the critical role they play in providing rural communities access to safe drinking water.

I am looking forward to brining the stories and feedback I received throughout our district today back to D.C.

Best,
District Work Week Photos
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
Stingray Exhibit at the River Museum
Touring the Dupaco Voices Building in Dubuque
Donating Food at the Dubuque Community School District's Alta Vista Campus Food Pantry
Brownells in Grinnell
Poweshiek Water Association’s treatment facility in South Amana
Supporting Small Business
I met with Tasha Schnathorst, owner of Asparations Salon and Day Spa in Marshalltown today. While small businesses like hers are on the road to recovery, there is more we must do to support them as we reopen. I will continue to advocate for common sense policies, like expanding Paycheck Protection Program eligibility, in Congress.
Beef Month and Ag Updates
Iowa Beef Month
May is beef month in Iowa! Iowa's beef is not only delicious, it is essential to our economy. Join me in supporting our beef producers this month so that this critical industry can continue to thrive.
Supporting Family Farms
Family operations and small businesses need to be prioritized as we work to get our economy back on track coming out of the pandemic; they should not have to pay the price of reckless federal spending. The Biden Administration’s push to eliminate stepped-up basis and tax capital gains at death would ruin Iowa’s small family farm operations and businesses. I joined over 130 of my colleagues in writing the Administration to oppose its tax changes that would devastate Iowa and America’s agriculture economy.
Baseball is Back in Iowa!
I had such a great time with my family at Opening Night for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I threw out the first pitch of the season (to Jax!) & perform the National Anthem. The start of baseball season is also a huge boom to our local economy and small businesses in the area. Go Kernels!
Teacher Appreciation Week
This Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to take a moment to thank and acknowledge all the hardworking teachers in Iowa and across the country who have gone above and beyond this year. The entire country saw millions of teachers step up and do everything possible to educate our students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Educators have worked day and night this year for our kids despite unprecedented and challenging circumstances. From adapting to Zoom, online, and hybrid learning to now working to get students back in classrooms safely, teachers continue to put our kids first, and I am eternally grateful.
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