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This week on the hill the House passed HR 112, which recognized Dr. Peggy Whitson of Mount Ayr, Iowa, for her outstanding accomplishments as an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. more
Iowa farmers and businesses could be deeply affected by a trade war ignited by President Trump’s recent threats to impose tariffs on steel and other products from China. more
Work continued this week on tax relief for Iowans and the state budget. Important progress was made in the effort to lower some of the highest tax rates in the country. Iowa has the fourth highest personal income tax in the country and the second highest corporate income tax in the country. These rates discourage work and investment, and make it more difficult for entrepreneurship and creativity to thrive. more
SAVE is the statewide penny sales tax that goes to schools for infrastructure. House File 2481 makes modifications to the uses of SAVE (Secure and Advanced Vision for Education) dollars, the distribution to the Property Tax Equity Relief (PTER) fund, and extends the sunset on the statewide penny that funds SAVE by 20 years. more
With all of the strides being made at the state level to improve the mental healthcare system in Iowa, this week I want to talk about a program that is picking up speed right here in District 97. Life Connections Peer Recovery Services is a non-profit organization that is working to improve the quality of life in both Clinton and Scott counties. more
The future of Iowa workers is the focus of the Future Ready Iowa legislation, a bipartisan action plan that was recently signed into law. more
I was honored to floor manage SF 2230, "Kidnapping in the Second Degree." This bill expands second degree kidnapping to include kidnapping of a person under the age of 18, if the kidnapper is not a parent or legal guardian with the sole purpose of assuming custody of the victim. more
A bill to require Iowa law enforcement agencies enforce federal immigration laws awaits the governor’s signature after Senate File 481 passed this week in the House and Senate. It is the second time in nearly one year the Senate has passed this piece of legislation. more
We need to protect U.S. intellectual property and American competitiveness. Foreign theft of intellectual property, forced technology transfers, discriminatory licensing restrictions and other unfair practices harm U.S. innovation and affect every sector of our economy, including agriculture. On my recent congressional delegation trip to China, I urged Chinese government officials to rein in unfair trade practices and policies, including the theft of U.S. intellectual property, which have adversely impacted American businesses. I’m concerned that my urging fell on deaf ears. more
Soybean farmers are perhaps the most vulnerable to Chinese retaliation as nearly one in every three rows of soybeans grown in the U.S. is exported to China – valued at $14 billion every year. Already, soybean prices have dropped dramatically since China’s promise to slap a 25-percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, among other commodities and goods. Although China has a growing appetite for American agricultural products, its plan to retaliate on soy, beef and pork will have a damaging effect on Iowa’s farmers and the state’s economy. more
We are disappointed that China has placed an additional 25-percent tariff on U.S. pork exports. more
Our state has enjoyed a long-standing and prosperous relationship with China. Iowa corn farmers have worked for decades to support fair and open trade practices because we understand that trade is a two-way street. Yet, we have operated in a tense trade policy environment with China for several years and have worked hard to diversify our customer base to create new demand for U.S. corn in all forms. more
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