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Iowa Congressional District 2

These candidates are running in the November 2020 General election for the Iowa United States Representative District 2 position.

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    Rita Hart
    (Dem)

  • Mariannette Miller-Meeks
    (Rep)

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1. Our country is experiencing new cases of Covid 19 daily. What do you propose we do to address this situation?

2. The economy in the US is struggling. What would you do to improve it?

3. The pandemic has highlighted the inequality between races in our country. How do you propose we address this issue?

4. We have a discrepancy in who has health care. This is extremely important to good health. What is your plan to provide healthcare for everyone?

5. Changes in voting rules make it more difficult for some to vote. Do you support the right to vote for all qualified citizens? If so, how will you ensure that all qualified citizens are able to vote? If not, why not?

6. What will you do to strengthen our public education system?

7. Some consider the climate to be a major global concern. What will you do to improve the environment? Where is the funding for your ideas?

Campaign Phone (319) 804-9218
Twitter @RitaHartIA
I am disappointed our state and local leaders have not listened to experts like Dr. Fauci and the CDC and done more to lower the rate of infection. Leaders should be encouraging people to practice good hygiene, wear face coverings, and social distance. We need more testing and better ability to trace results. Producing vital protective equipment and getting it to the people who need it the most must be a priority.

I also support additional relief for the Iowans who need it and that includes states and cities. We need money for small businesses, not Wall Street and huge corporations that have access to the money they need. We need aid for state and local governments so they don't have to lay off firefighters, cops, and teachers. Farmers and small businesses need to be guaranteed support and Congress has an oversight responsibility to make sure that money is going where it's supposed to. We need Washington to put the partisanship aside, reach across the aisle, and get it done.
Economic development was a huge focus of my time in the State Senate. I helped create the Clinton County Economic Development Commission that brought everyone involved in economic development together. Many of the Republicans that crossed the aisle to endorse my campaign did so because of this work. I want to expand that model as a member of Congress by having one staffer in my office whose job is to focus on economic development – working with communities and businesses to cut through bureaucracy and get resources where we need them.

Programs that connect students and community colleges with local employers are vital to creating jobs, growing the local economy, and building a better life for working families. We need to focus on infrastructure to ensure our communities and workers have what they need to compete. Finally, the federal minimum wage needs to be increased. It's past due that Iowans get a pay raise.
We can address these issues head on by making sure that we build an inclusive economy where every Iowan regardless of race, color, or creed has the opportunity at a good-paying job as well as access to affordable healthcare, housing and childcare. We need to support our communities of color by addressing systemic racism in our society and investing in small business loan programs, our public schools and universities, and strengthening retirement security. I think this is an issue where we need to listen to those who are directly affected by these issues and what they need.

Our economic recovery from this pandemic will not be successful unless we are lifting up people of color and ensuring they have access to the resources they need to succeed.
Let’s start with the facts. I believe we need to build on the Affordable Care Act and fix what’s broken because we can’t go backwards without an alternative. My opponent disagrees and wants to repeal the ACA which would strip 230,000 Iowans of their healthcare.

Health care is personal to me - just like it is for so many Iowans. We need to protect and strengthen the protections for the 1.3 million Iowans with pre-existing conditions, guarantee coverage of essential health benefits, and lower prescription drug costs for our seniors.

Ensuring affordable access to all Iowans means strengthening the ACA and Medicare, eliminating surprise billing, making telehealth more widely available, and increasing competition. We have got to prioritize rural care, mental health, seniors, and working families. I have a strong record of doing just that.
Voting is the most fundamental right we have as Americans to participate in and preserve our democracy. Voting should be easy, accessible, and secure. We've got to start by restoring the Voting Rights Act.

Corruption in Washington that allows politicians to pick their voters and get rich in office is one of the largest problems. Special interests are able to use money and influence to stymie progress on all the issues we need action on – lowering the cost of health care, investing in education, and raising wages for everyone.

It's time to tackle political corruption in Washington. We need to close the revolving door by banning members of Congress from becoming lobbyists and prevent conflicts of interest by banning members of Congress from owning individual stocks or serving on corporate boards. We can pass a “No Budget, No Pay” law so members of Congress are forced to do their job , get dark money out of politics by overturning Citizens United and end partisan gerrymandering.
I spent 20 years as a teacher in the classroom in rural schools. I know the importance of a good education and of adequately investing in our public schools as they’ve gone underfunded for far too long.

It's why I want to make early childhood education available to every child and affordable for every family. Investments in early childhood development ensure that children have more successful, safer, and healthier lives. In middle and high school, it is so important to help students find their career pathways and expose them to job shadowing opportunities and internships to get them on the right career path.

When it comes to higher education, we need to reduce student debt by allowing people to refinance their student loans to get lower interest rates – just like the big banks get every day. We need to invest in job training, apprenticeship, and continuing education through public-private partnership programs to provide the next generation with the skills they need for good jobs.
We’ve got to work together to meet our climate and energy goals and create a cleaner and brighter future for our children and grandchildren. I’m open to most funding options but this can’t be a one-sided approach. The legislation that I would like to see would include a strategic plan to transition us to a more carbon free environment.

We need to be paying farmers for environmental services like planting cover crops, adding bioreactors, and putting in buffer strips. I want policies that unleash innovation and let farmers lead on carbon sequestration. We need to build on renewable energy industries in solar, wind, and biofuels. We also need to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and address “small-refinery” waivers for the Big Oil companies. Supporting ethanol and biofuels is about tens of thousands of jobs in rural Iowa. Without a strong RFS, those jobs go away and we lose ground in the fight against climate change.
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