Fighting for Iowa’s Hardworking Families - Week of Jan. 10th, 2020

January 14, 2020
Weekly Updates

Weekly Update from Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer

Iowa’s First Congressional District

 

Helping our Friends and Neighbors

John, from Dubuque, reached out to my office last month after his bank account was unexpectedly debited for over one thousand dollars. This was due to a paperwork error in processing his Medicare premiums. John lives on a tight budget and a fixed income and suddenly found himself unable to pay bills or buy food. My office was able to work with the Social Security Administration to track down the mistake and get the funds back in John’s account. If you or anyone you know is experiencing problems with a federal agency, please call my office.

 

Lifting Up Iowans Voices

From tractors with GPS to drones to livestock trackers, there is more agriculture technology on the market than ever before, but it doesn’t mean much to farmers if they don’t have reliable access to high-speed Internet. In the Small Business Committee, I spoke with technology companies about how poor conductivity not only holds back farmers, but also more innovation in the space. We will keep fighting for better broadband access across Northeast Iowa.

 

Highlights from Congress

I cosponsored the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act, which would provide states like Iowa with resources to fight the opioid epidemic. More than 130 Iowans died from opioid-related overdoses in 2018, and this bill would invest in prevention and treatment efforts that save lives.

I also cosponsored the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act which would allow more states—including Iowa— join an innovative pilot program to address gaps in access to mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and crisis intervention. This bill would be an important step to increase access to quality care in Northeast Iowa.

 

Standing Up for Iowa

Rep. Abby Finkenauer to FTC: 'Predatory and unfair' manufactured housing purchases warrant investigation

 Congressional watchdog to review Trump administration's use of biofuel waivers

 

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