Weekly Wrap Up
Improving Disaster Response and Relief
Friend,

It is a top priority for me to ensure our community has the resources we need to improve disaster response and prepare for future flooding, and I'm working across the aisle to do so.

I continue to hear concerns about flooding and disaster recovery from families, businesses, farmers, and local governments alike as I travel across our district. We have to be forward thinking about flood mitigation and improving disaster response—proactive investments are needed to ensure that family homes are protected, that farmers have the resources to recover and build long-term resilience to natural disasters, and that our towns have the ability to make informed decisions about where to build critical community services.

In my role on the House Appropriations Committee, I am leaving no stone unturned to ensure Iowans have the resources and structures in place to recover from previous disasters and are prepared for whatever might come our way. I have successfully worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on measures that will improve the way the government approaches disaster response and resiliency, and to secure funding for key flood mitigation priorities.

I am fighting to make sure that Iowa's First Congressional District has updated flood maps and proper risk analysis procedures, to improve FEMA's disaster response, and to ensure our agriculture community has the resources to recover from previous disasters and improve preparedness moving forward.

Click HERE to learn more about what I am doing in Congress to bring flood resilient infrastructure to our district and improving flood mitigation and disaster preparedness efforts within federal agencies.
As part of this effort, I co-sponsored the bipartisan Rebuilding Communities After Disasters Act to ensure homeowners in Iowa are able to get the assistance necessary to recover after disasters.

As Iowans know all too well, rebuilding after a disaster is extremely expensive and difficult. However, the limits on Small Businesses Administration disaster loans have not increased since 1994 despite housing costs rising steadily. This legislation brings these loan limits in line with today's home prices to help homeowners fully recover from unavoidable disasters.
 
Updating the SBA Disaster Loan Program and increasing its loan limit is a commonsense way to help ensure families have the resources and certainty they need to fully recover if a disaster strikes. 

I will continue to work across the aisle to prepare and support Iowans. Read more about more of my efforts in Congress for our district below!

Best,
Protecting Taxpayer Dollars
I am deeply concerned by reports that over $400 billion in unemployment relief during the COVID-19 pandemic was potentially stolen through fraudulent claims, including by organized crime networks based out of China and Russia. That’s why I joined my colleagues in calling for a thorough investigation to ensure every taxpayer dollar intended to help Americans struggling during the pandemic is accounted for. 

Veterans in Parks Act
I’m proud to be an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan Veterans in Parks Act introduced by Representative Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). This bill will give veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to national parks and public lands, and give active duty service members free annual passes. This is just a small way to say thank you for their service and sacrifice to our nation. 
Get Fully Vaccinated
Recent data is showing that fewer people are getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Iowa. Having more people fully vaccinated has allowed our economy to reopen and our lives to go back to normal. I encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated so that we can put this pandemic behind us for good!

The below resources will help you find a location to receive your shot, make an appointment, and get any questions answered!

COVID-19 hotline: Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 assistance

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to my office and we will do our best to help you find the answers you need!
Community Highlights
Taste of Summer in Dubuque
Taste of Summer in Dubuque is back, and my team was able to attend last week! I am so grateful we can all gather at community events like this again.
Iowa Proud
Supporting Deputy Halverson
Congratulations to Casey Alferink from Jesup for being a top finalist for the Duck Brand duct tape $10,000 college scholarship! We are rooting for you.
I am so glad that Deputy Halverson was able to head home earlier this week. Please join me in praying for his continued recovery. I am so thankful for all of our law enforcement officers in our district.
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