Today, Abby Finkenauer released a plan outlining how she would support Iowa’s agricultural economy if elected to represent Iowa’s 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Finkenauer’s plan calls for enacting strategic and fair trade policy, and passing commonsense policies to support family farms and improve access to mental health care in rural communities.
“In Congress, I will always work to strengthen family farms because doing so is not only important to our economy, but to the traditions and way of life for countless working families in our state,” said Finkenauer. “I’ll be willing to work with anyone, regardless of party, who shares these same goals and is equally dedicated to passing solutions that can have a real impact for our farming families. And I’ll never use our farmers as a political bargaining chip in a partisan political spat or as collateral damage in risky trade war.”
The release of Finkenauer’s plan comes in the wake of the expiration of the farm bill on Sunday, a result of the failure of the Republican-held U.S. House of Representatives and the Republican-held U.S. Senate to reach a compromise.
In a letter sent on Tuesday, Finkenauer called on Representative Rod Blum to demand that Republican House leadership resume session until a farm bill is passed. Currently, the House stands in recess until after the midterm elections.
The full plan can be read here.