Updates for IA-01

Before heading to Washington this week, I traveled around Linn County to meet with and hear from various constituents, community organizations, and small businesses.

I kicked off the day by meeting with several immigrants who came to the United States legally. We discussed their experience navigating the legal immigration system, the challenges of the employment-based green card backlog, and potential reforms that could improve our immigration system. I also had the opportunity to visit the Surgery Center of Cedar Rapids to learn more about how they overcame the challenges posed by COVID-19 as well as how they are serving patients post-pandemic and while setting new industry standards.

Next, I toured the newly expanded Willis Dady Shelter to receive updates on those experiencing homelessness in Cedar Rapids. I learned more about the shelter's incredible work to assist homeless veterans in our community and help people get back on the path to long-term, stable housing. I also visited the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) headquarters to learn more about the ways they serve our community. It was great to hear about the wide variety of child care programs they offer, especially as I continue to hear from families and workers about the need for more affordable and accessible child care.

I wrapped up the day at Eastern Iowa Airport where I received an update on several ongoing construction projects. We talked about the need for rural airport investments and how these investments will create more jobs and opportunity in our area.

I use all of the feedback I receive in Iowa to do my job and best serve Iowans in Washington! Read on for more updates on my legislative work in Washington this week and how I am working to ensure our district is prepared for future floods.

Linn County Photo Gallery
Meeting on Legal Immigration
Surgery Center of Cedar Rapids
Willis Dady Shelter
Hawkeye Area Community Action Program
Eastern Iowa Airport
Dan & Debbie's Creamery
Flood Mitigation and Disaster Recovery
Last week marked the 13th anniversary of the Iowa flood of 2008. As we reflect on previous disasters and continue to recover from the 2020 derecho, I am focused on ensuring our community is resilient and prepared for future flooding. Click HERE to read my full op-ed on flood mitigation in The Gazette.
Legislative Updates
Derecho Relief for Farmers
I am cosponsoring legislation led by my colleague, Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04), that would help farmers access additional derecho relief through the United States Department of Agriculture. Iowa farmers have been through the ringer this past year and shouldn't be overlooked as they work day and night to feed and fuel the world. Read more about this legislation HERE.
Standing Up for Workers
This week, I voted in favor of the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, legislation that would help stop age-based discrimination in the workplace. A recent survey found that 2 in 3 workers over the age of 45 have seen or experienced discrimination at work. This bipartisan bill would help ensure that older workers can continue to bring their expertise to the workplace, provide for their families, and contribute to the economy. Read more about this legislation HERE.
Fighting for Pro-Life Policies
For the first time in over 40 years, the Administration's proposed budget does not include Hyde protections--protections that have long ensured taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions. I called on my colleagues to consider the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, legislation that would codify the Hyde Amendment and protect life. Watch the full floor speech HERE.
Happy 175th Anniversary Elkader
I had a great time last weekend in Elkader celebrating the city's 175th anniversary! It was truly an honor to join Mayor Josh Pope and see so many good friends at this event.
2021 Congressional Art Competition Winner!
The annual Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage young artists in high school for their talents. Each spring, students submit original artwork to their Representative's office and one winner is chosen to display their piece at the U.S. Capitol for a year alongside other students' works from across the nation.

I am excited to share that Alleesandra Brown is this year's Congressional Art Competition for IA-01! Alleesandra is a rising sophomore at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. Her piece, A Wonderland of UnCanny, will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year!
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