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

September 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed with broad bipartisan support Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer’s (IA-01) bipartisan State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Improvement Act to extend and expand foreign trade assistance to small businesses.

The bill reauthorizes the Small Business Administration’s STEP program through 2024 and makes improvements to the program. Congressman Ross Spano (R-FL) joined Finkenauer as the original co-sponsor, and Congressman Jim Hagedorn (R-MN) also co-sponsored Finkenauer’s legislation.

August 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) sent a letter to House and Senate leaders on Monday to highlight the urgent need for a new COVID-19 relief package.

The letter included several stories from Iowans who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic in order to highlight the urgency of bipartisan action on the next relief package, and requested inclusion of key priorities for Northeast Iowans.  

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) on Friday introduced the Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers Are Safe Act of 2020 to ensure childcare providers receive information and resources needed to safely operate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives approved an amendment introduced by Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) to double federal research funding for endometriosis, a health condition affecting one in 10 American women and 200 million worldwide.

July 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) helped pass two bills on Wednesday that will improve access to affordable and quality childcare. The Child Care Is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act each passed the House Wednesday.

Finkenauer previously introduced the Child Care Is Essential Act and is a cosponsor of the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act.

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) on Friday introduced the bipartisan Unlocking Opportunities in Emerging Markets Act, which will establish an Office of Emerging Markets within the Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist rural, women, minority, and veteran small business owners in obtaining capital to start and grow their businesses.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) sent a letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Tuesday seeking more information on her administration’s recent decision to limit COVID-19 testing availability in Dubuque County. 

July 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) on Monday introduced the bipartisan Affordable Child Care for Economic Strategies and Success (ACCESS) Act to allow federal economic development grants to be used for improving the accessibility of affordable, quality of childcare.

The bipartisan legislation is co-led in the House by Congressman Jim Hagedorn (R-MN). Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is sponsoring companion legislation in the Senate.

July 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) questioned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday concerning emergency aid and direct payments for Iowans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Finkenauer questioned the Secretary during a Friday morning House Small Business Committee hearing and followed up with additional information in a letter sent to his office.

Full video from the committee is available here.

July 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Congressman Dan Bishop (R-NC) on Friday introduced the Convening Operations Assistance for Childcare Heroes (COACH) Act, bipartisan legislation creating an easy-to-access federal resource guide to help childcare providers start and grow their small businesses.