ABI Releases 2019 Legislative Key Vote Records
The results are in, and the 2019 legislative vote records have been unveiled. ABI is pleased to announce 48 legislators in the Iowa House and Senate earned a 100% perfect record with the organization, and a total of 82 legislators had at least a 90% pro-jobs voting record. The voting records include a description of the bill and how each legislator voted. Highlights of some of the key votes include workers’ compensation idiopathic falls, Empower Rural Iowa, Future Ready Iowa funding and electronic notary. All but one of the bills scored by the business community had bipartisan support in at least one chamber. Overall, it was another great year for the business community as ABI secured passage and Gov. Reynolds signed into law 12 pieces of legislation that will continue to enhance Iowa’s business climate.
to read more and access the vote records.
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Iowa Congressional Delegation to Hold Town Halls
With both the House and Senate on August recess, members of Congress have returned to their home states and are meeting with constituents. This is an excellent time for you to meet your members of Congress, encourage them to pass USMCA, and ask questions about the federal landscape and issues that are important to your business. At the time of publication, ABI was able to list town hall meetings for the following members of Iowa’s Congressional Delegation. Click on the links for more details.
Federal Spotlight: Trump Administration to Enact New Tariffs on China
President Trump announced last week his administration would implement new tariffs on China starting September 1. The new levies, which are 10% on $300 billion of Chinese goods, are a sign the trade war between the world’s two largest economies shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In a series of escalating maneuvers, China devalued its currency on Monday and announced suspension of agricultural purchases from the U.S., while the U.S. Treasury Department has declared China to be a currency manipulator. All of this has fostered a wild week on Wall Street as the market has been extremely volatile. The business community at large has urged the two nations to come to an agreement on the issue and put an end to the trade war.
Wilburn Wins Special Election for the Iowa House
Ross Wilburn (D-Ames), a former Iowa City mayor, won a special election for Iowa House District 46 on Tuesday. Wilburn, who works for Iowa State University and was a 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, will replace Lisa Heddens (D-Ames) in the House. She resigned her seat in June after she was appointed to serve on the Story County Board of Supervisors. The district has a large Democrat party registration advantage, and the Republican party did not field a candidate in this race. The outcome of the election does not change the makeup of the House as Republicans will continue to maintain control of the lower chamber 53-47.
Policy Meetings Continue Next Week