I'm so happy to be back in our district this week talking with Iowans on the ground about issues important to them. On Tuesday, I had an incredible day holding town halls in Benton, Fayette, and Delaware Counties.
We had Iowans from all walks of life, backgrounds, and of different political ideologies in attendance at each town hall. We had some great conversations about how policies in Washington are impacting people in Iowa. Questions were not screened or filtered - each town hall was an unscripted conversation about policies and issues that matter to our district, so I could get honest feedback in real time from Iowans.
In Benton County, we talked about the need for a targeted infrastructure package, my recent legislation to improve access to maternal health care for expecting moms in rural areas, and Democrats' attempt to federalize our elections through H.R. 1. Of particular note, it was great to have two high school classes attend to experience our democratic process firsthand and hear about my work on their behalf.
In Fayette County, we discussed ending additional federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits, the minimum wage, and policies that will help our economy come back stronger after the pandemic. I took questions about the latest movement on an infrastructure package and the need to ensure rural broadband is prioritized in the final bill. I also addressed concerns about censorship by Big Tech and the need to reform our legal immigration system amidst an influx of illegal immigration at the Southern Border. We also talked about how potential tax increases would hurt our rural economy.
In Delaware County, we talked about why critical race theory should not be a part of school curriculums, challenges facing the cattle industry, securing our border, child care access, and how we should turn to biofuels to help solve our fuel supply challenges.
I received invaluable feedback from everyone who came out and shared their experiences, ideas, and opinions. I’m looking forward to telling these stories at the policymaking tables in D.C. to ensure that Iowans’ voices are heard.
My biggest takeaway from the town halls is that Iowans are sick of the chaos and dysfunction in D.C. They want their leaders to cut out all of the nonsense and focus on getting our economy back on track, keeping prices down, and finalizing a real infrastructure package – and that’s what I will continue to work on in Congress.
Read more about my visits and outreach around our district this week, as well as other important updates about my work on your behalf!