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.

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

March 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) sent a letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recognizing the governor’s efforts regarding the outbreak of coronavirus in the state and urging consideration

March 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) was in the House chamber for debate and voted to pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion emergency aid bill to respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and assist small businesses, manufacturers, farmers and everyday Americans.

The bill, which has now passed the House and Senate, would provide direct payments to individuals, suspension of student loan payments, and financial assistance to small businesses, farmers, healthcare workers and hospitals among other things.

March 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) released her priorities she pushed to have included in the third coronavirus response supplemental - Preparing Iowa Communities & Protecting our Families.

March 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) helped pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act through the House. The package would provide payroll security for people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and to provide testing at no cost to help slow the virus’ spread. 

March 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the East Central Intergovernmental Association in Dubuque will receive a $210,000 federal grant as part of a $420,000 project to create jobs and strengthen the economy in the region.

March 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the STEP Improvement Act of 2020 - bipartisan legislation introduced by Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) - was marked up and passed through the House Committee on Small Business, clearing the path for a potential

March 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the introduction of the STEP Improvement Act of 2020. The bipartisan legislation would extend the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) and improve on its early successes. The STEP Improvement Act of 2020 is cosponsored by Rep. Ross Spano (R-FL).

March 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) released the following statement on the passage of H.R.

March 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In anticipation of a March 20th congressional field hearing, which will be held in Iowa’s First Congressional District, on improving access to child care, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) is asking Iowans to share their input about what challenges parents face while searching for access to affordable and quality child care. 

March 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) sent a letter to the U.S. Access Board expressing her concern regarding accessibility issues at the Independence Post Office and urging the Board to assist in addressing the problem.