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While it has been an unprecedented start to this year in Washington, I've been putting my head down and getting straight to work for Iowa's First District. I am excited to be serving Iowans on both the House Appropriations Committee and the House Budget Committee where I will fight for priorities that matter to Iowans and rural America, ensure taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly, push back on Democrats’ liberal agenda, and bring some desperately needed transparency to government spending.
So far, I have introduced two bills, the Reopen Schools Act, which will help students get back in the classroom safely, and the Vaccinate Americans, Not Terrorists Act, which will prevent the federal government from sending vaccines to Guantanamo Bay while American citizens still have outstanding requests for the vaccine.
Additionally, I've co-sponsored 48 pieces of legislation--including bills to protect the unborn, better use taxpayer resources, and ensure our veterans get the care they deserve.
This week, I was back home in Iowa traveling through the district and hearing directly from constituents, organizations, and businesses about how I can best serve them in Washington. From meeting with law enforcement in Jones County to touring the shop floor at Kinze Manufacturing in Williamsburg, and discussing COVID-19 vaccine distribution at Crescent Community Health Center in Dubuque--I left every meeting with a to-do list or legislative idea I will bring back to Washington.
I also wanted to provide an update on the COVID-19 vaccine in Iowa. I've heard from many of you who are concerned about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and Iowa lagging behind -- I'm worried about this, too. My team and I have been in constant communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Biden Administration, and Governor Reynolds's office to ensure Iowans have access to more doses of the vaccine and are not left behind. This week, I led the entire Iowa House Delegation in urging the Biden Administration to partner with Iowa's federally qualified community health centers to administer the vaccine to more Iowans as soon as possible. I will keep you updated on these efforts and will continue working around the clock to address issues Iowans are facing in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Below, I've included some additional updates from my time as your representative as well as a survey about the legislative priorities you'd like me to work on in Congress on your behalf. Thank you for sending me to Washington, it is an honor to represent you and your families in Congress!