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

July 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) on Tuesday announced a federal grant for the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. The $300,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration will help the university with its urgent response to the coronavirus pandemic.

July 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) this week introduced the Relief for Rural Development Borrowers Act to assist rural businesses, hospitals and schools through the Coronavirus pandemic by covering six months of payments on certain federal loans.

June 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) voted on Monday to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Enhancement Act.

The legislation lowers health insurance costs, allows negotiations for lower prescription drug prices, and encourages states to expand Medicaid coverage while permanently authorizing a critical children’s health insurance program.

June 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Responding to ongoing abuses by mobile- and manufactured-home community landlords in Iowa and across the country, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) on Friday introduced the Helping Owners Meet Essential Standards (HOMES) Act of 2020.

June 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) on Thursday sent a letter to Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle expressing concern over the airline’s refund policies during the coronavirus pandemic.  

June 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) is introducing legislation on Wednesday to eliminate a loophole in current law and ensure state and local infrastructure projects use American-made materials, hire local high-skilled labor and guarantee wage protections.

May 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) introduced the Child Care is Essential Act on Wednesday to improve childcare options for Iowans and ensure providers have the resources to weather the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

May 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) this week launched two new webpages to highlight her office’s work assisting constituents in Iowa’s First District. Whether it’s tracking down lost service medals or ensuring Iowans receive the benefits they’re entitled to, constituent service is an essential part the office’s job. Publishing casework success stories is aimed at encouraging more Iowans to contact the office and ensuring our federal government remains responsive to the people.

May 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), and Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-02) wrote to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to express concerns over the capability and expansion plans of the Test Iowa coronavirus (COVID-19) testing program.

May 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) introduced the Tenant Protection Notification Act of 2020 to protect renters, including mobile and manufactured home park residents, from illegal evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.