Growing Our Economy & Standing Up for Working Families

Congresswoman Finkenauer wants an economy that works for every Iowan. She understands that we must grow new economic opportunities here at home so that future generations stay in Iowa to build their careers and start a family. We need to support our small businesses and entrepreneurs, develop well-paid and skilled jobs, as well as attract new businesses to Northeast Iowa while closing loopholes that encourage employers to ship jobs overseas.

As a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Vice-Chair of the Highways & Transit Subcommittee, Congresswoman Finkenauer understands the importance of repairing Iowa’s crumbling infrastructure which is one of the best returns on investment. Our bridges are the most structurally deficient in the nation and Congresswoman Finkenauer will work with anyone who is serious about investing in our nation’s infrastructure.

Iowa’s extensive network of roads, bridges, and inland waterways are critical to our economy—linking farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses to new customers and markets. Investments in our infrastructure should not be limited to transportation though. We also need high-speed internet to help Iowans compete in the 21st century economy as well as repair our schools, hospitals, water systems, and fire stations to help our communities thrive.

Congresswoman Finkenauer chose to serve on the House Small Business Committee to better help small businesses in Northeast Iowa grow and access capital, cut through red tape, and hire from a high-skilled workforce. In January 2019, Congresswoman Finkenauer introduced and passed the Stimulating Innovation through Procurement Act, which helps rural small businesses compete for federal contracts—making her the first freshman lawmakers to pass legislation this year.

With small business making up 97 percent of American exporters, an escalating trade war has left many family farmers and workers concerned for their future. Our trade policies should be tough, smart, and—most importantly—fair to Iowa’s workers. As Chair of the Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship Subcommittee, Congresswoman Finkenauer is fighting for a strong, long-term strategy when it comes to trade—one that gives farmers and manufacturers the certainty they need and ensures a level playing field for hard-working Iowans.

Congresswoman Finkenauer knows that a strong economy starts with taking care of working families. Raised in a union household, she understands that unions are essential to treating workers fairly and keeping the middle class strong. No one should have to choose between their career or their children and that’s why Congresswoman Finkenauer supports paid family leave, livable wages, and affordable child care, which are critical to keeping new parents on the job.  


More on Growing Our Economy & Standing Up for Working Families

January 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will begin an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of small refinery exemption waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

January 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons calling for an investigation into the predatory and unfair business practices occurring at Table Mound Mobile Home Park and other mobile and manufactured home parks in Iowa. 

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) released the following statement on the House passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement:

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the Region 6 Planning Commission and East Central Intergovernmental Association will each receive $17,500 federal grants from the Economic Development Administration. The goal of the grants is to encourage job creation by establishing an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy that supports capital investment by bringing public and private sectors together.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives again passed Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer’s (IA-01) first bill, HR 246, which will help bring investment to small businesses in Iowa. 

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenuer (IA-01) voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation will include a 3.1% pay raise for military service members, the largest pay increase approved by Congress in the last decade.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) released the following statement on the announcement of a new trade deal between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

November 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) shared the story of Tina Suckow during a floor speech to the U.S. House of Representatives.

October 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA-01) and Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA-03) introduced the bipartisan Fixing America’s Bridges Act. The bill reestablishes a federal funding program to help repair and replace structurally deficient local bridges, many of which are owned by municipalities that have trouble affording necessary maintenance.

September 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced Hawkeye Community College will receive a $109,511 federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant.

The grant program aims to increase the number of commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders who receive enhanced operator safety training, and to help current and former military members and their spouses and children to transition into commercial motor vehicles operating careers.