Fighting for Iowa’s Hardworking Families - Week of Jan. 17th, 2020
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
I talked to @RepCindyAxne and @RepFinkenauer, two of a dozen lawmakers who called for the GAO investigation. They say farmers/#ethanol producers are losing big $$ because of EPA waiver abuse. @AFPMonline doubts the findings will prove EPA violated the law.— Raquel Martin (@RaquelMartinTV) January 16, 2020
Full story: https://t.co/xUlaMje88m
In Case You Missed It
Age shouldn’t determine whether someone is qualified for a job. Today, I was proud to vote for the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. This will help ensure folks in #IA01 aren’t discriminated against simply because of age.— Abby Finkenauer (@RepFinkenauer) January 15, 2020
Very happy today to see the senate pass the USMCA. The provisions that are now part of the deal are going to help ensure jobs stay in America, protect the environment, and bring some market stability to our farmers. #IA01— Abby Finkenauer (@RepFinkenauer) January 16, 2020
Today, we remember the inspiring words, actions, and movement created by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #IA01 is a better place because of the change Dr. King fought for. The work to make the world a better place never stops, and King’s message can still be used to guide that work.— Abby Finkenauer (@RepFinkenauer) January 20, 2020