My Work in Washington for IA-01

It is important for me to be accessible and transparent to those I serve. I hosted my second telephone town hall this week to provide an update on my work in Congress, hear from Iowans, and answer their questions.

We had a great discussion on infrastructure, challenges facing our farmers, and the need to secure our Southern Border. My biggest takeaway from the conversation was that Iowans want common sense policies in place as we are coming out of this pandemic.

Unfortunately, last week we got a disappointing jobs report that showed our economy slowing down as unemployment continues to rise across the country. This is on top of the highest inflation we've experienced since 2008. Americans are paying more for just about everything--from groceries, to lumber, used cars, and gasoline. Additionally, we are facing a labor shortage in Iowa. I've heard from businesses across our district who have "Help Wanted" signs on their doors but can't find workers to fill open jobs. This is largely because the government has been paying people to stay home instead of work, discouraging people from applying to open jobs.

Thankfully, Governor Reynolds decided to end Iowa's participation in additional federal pandemic related unemployment benefit programs. This is the right decision for workers, businesses, and families in Iowa. On the telephone town hall, I noted that the country should be following Iowa's lead as we look to reopen our economy and our schools and get life back to normal.

It was great to discuss our economy and other issues with those who joined the telephone town hall. If you were unable to join, but have questions about my work in Congress, please reach out to my office and we will connect with you. Whether we agree on an issue or not, I can promise that you will always know where I stand and why. I will continue to follow through on my promise of transparency and accountability and look forward to continuing these important conversations with Iowans.

Read more about my week in Washington below!

ICYMI: Conversation on Bipartisan Small Business Relief Efforts
It was great to join Rep. Spanberger (D-VA) to discuss our PPP Equity Act and our efforts to reach across the aisle in Congress! Our bill ensures that farmers, ranchers, and self-employed small business owners can receive their full PPP forgivable loan amount. Watch the full video here.
Legislative Updates
Protecting Life
Senator Tom Cotton and I filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to take up a case to prevent people from aborting unborn babies just because they have Down syndrome. Every life matters. Every life has value. I'm proud to work with the Senator on this important initiative and am thankful to all those who are joining us to defend the unborn!
Cleaning Up Washington
This week, I helped introduce legislation that would prevent Members of Congress from lobbying on behalf of our communist adversaries like the Chinese Communist Party. Read more about this legislation here.
Holding the Admin Accountable for the Border Crisis
In a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security hearing, I pressed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Johnson on ICE's inability to track illegal immigrants within the U.S. I will continue to hold the Administration accountable for the consequences of the border crisis. Watch the full video here.
KWWL Morning News
I joined KWWL to provide an update on my work in Congress and share my thoughts on skyrocketing prices, the economy, and the crisis at our Southern Border. Watch the full interview here.
Meeting with Student Leaders
I loved skyping into a government class at Crestwood Secondary High School this week. I got to answer great questions about government and my work on their behalf —these students should come grill Administration officials at hearings! I can’t wait to join them again soon.
Thank You, IA-01 Law Enforcement!
National Police Week
This week is National Police Week. This is an opportunity to honor those who selflessly serve our communities and remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. Iowa's law enforcement officers put their life on the line every day to keep us safe. Thank you to all our brave officers and their families!
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