Fighting for Iowa’s Hardworking Families - Week of Jan. 17th, 2020

January 22, 2020
Weekly Updates

Weekly Update from Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer

Iowa’s First Congressional District

Helping our Friends and Neighbors

A family in Cedar Rapids called my office looking for help because they were still waiting for their tax refund of over $8,000. There had been an accounting error which became more complicated when the family needed to submit additional verification. The family was doing their best to resolve the situation and just needed the money they had budgeted for months earlier. My office was able to get to the bottom of the situation with the IRS and get the family’s refund issued. If you or anyone you know is experiencing problems with a federal agency, please call my office.

 

Lifting Up Iowans Voices

Time and again, we’ve heard of students trying to better themselves through further education, but get stuck with the bills and no degree because of dishonest actors. Unfortunately, we have seen the Department of Education go around the rules that were set in place to help folks who have been defrauded. We’re talking about our veterans and people in our district who went to ITT Tech, and were promised their degree would mean something, and then the college went defunct.

We had rules in place to help folks to recover from that, but the administration has ignored those rules. We worked to pass legislation last week to protect student loan borrowers who were defrauded by predatory educational institutions, like our fellow Iowans. House Joint Resolution 76, the Borrower Defense Congressional Review Act (CRA), passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

 

Highlights from Congress

We need to look out for our co-workers and neighbors who are simply trying to make a living and raise a family. That’s why I was happy to cosponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. This bill would make sure that employers can’t deny pregnant workers simple accommodations like an extra break or ways to avoid tasks that involve heavy lifting to keep them safe on the job. This is about the economic security of Iowa families and I’ll continue to support legislation that helps keep our workforce strong and our communities growing.

 

Standing Up for Iowa

 

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