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.