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Iowa United States Representative District 3

These candidates are running in the November 2020 General election for the Iowa United States Representative District 3 position.

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    Cindy Axne
    (Dem)

  • Bryan Jack Holder
    (Lib)

  • David Young
    (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?

First and foremost, we must continue to heed the advice and solutions provided by our medical experts. Their guidance on the status and future of this pandemic should be paramount in all policymaking. I’m focused on fighting for Iowans still hurting from this pandemic, including our workers, healthcare professionals, and impacted small businesses. In addition, between record unemployment and prolonged economic uncertainty, coronavirus has reminded us exactly why access to affordable, quality health care is so critical. We need to lower the cost of prescription drugs and ensure that diseases like coronavirus don’t bankrupt Iowa families in the future. And now, more than ever, we also need to make sure that rural Iowans aren’t left behind in a post COVID world. The virtual tools that help us practice social distancing today need to be available to everyone, especially our rural schoolchildren and business owners living without access to broadband.
As a fifth generation Iowan and small business owner, I know that a strong economy doesn’t mean a rising stock market or big dividends. It means having an economy where every family has the opportunity to succeed. That’s why I’ll continue to fight for policies that level the playing field for Iowans, create good jobs, protect benefits for Iowa’s workers, and strengthen our industries. I’ll also keep working to hold corporations accountable for shipping American jobs overseas, invest in Iowa’s infrastructure, and support our small business owners and our rural entrepreneurs. Every single Iowan deserves the opportunity to get a good education and a good job; and that means having an economy that prioritizes Main Street instead of Wall Street.
Racial inequities in our society have meant that black and brown Americans have not only been disproportionately affected by the economic effects of this crisis, but also that they’ve been an outsized share of the cases and deaths from this disease. As we work to rebuild our economy and communities during these overlapping crises, we need to continue to root out systemic racism long after this pandemic ends. That starts with ensuring that we listen to those who say they’re experiencing discrimination, and seeking transparency to better expose racial bias throughout our society. It also means working to highlight areas where reform is needed, as well as holding institutions accountable when they are failing our communities of color.
Over my first term in Congress, I’ve heard numerous heartbreaking stories of Iowans who have left their jobs, dug themselves into debt, or sold priceless family items just to cover the costs of their health care. Expanding quality, affordable health care for all Iowans remains a top priority of mine in Congress. I’ve helped pass legislation that will lower premiums and out of pocket medical costs, reinforce protections for folks with preexisting conditions, and stop the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs for Iowa’s families and seniors. I’ve also fought to increase funding for mental health care, treatment for diabetes, children’s health, and wrote bipartisan legislation to provide vital support for Iowa’s rural hospitals and health centers. I plan to keep working to expand health care coverage, and to fight for a public health care insurance option so that no Iowan ever has to choose between their family’s health care and making ends meet.
The right of our citizens to cast their ballots is fundamental to our democracy, and we should never be in the business of making voting more difficult for folks. In last June’s primary, we saw record turnout in the middle of a public health crisis because of the universal mailing of ballot request forms earlier that spring. This was a major success, as it allowed Iowans to vote safely without risking their health. Unfortunately, that success was undercut by new state laws that complicate the ballot request process. I spoke out against proposed restrictions on those ballot requests being sent again, and the changes to the county auditor’s ability to assist with these forms, because of the incredible burden it puts on Iowans trying to exercise their constitutional right. I have also backed legislation in Washington, the John Lewis Voting Rights Restoration Act, to reverse changes to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that have made it easier for Americans to be denied basic rights to vote.
As the proud mother of two boys educated in Iowa’s public school system, I know that a quality education is crucial to success. Before coming to Congress, I got my start in community activism by fighting to expand full day kindergarten in West Des Moines. And in Congress, protecting Iowa’s students has become all the more critical during the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve pushed for federal aid to help our schools outfit classrooms to protect our students from this disease, and as a member of the House Rural Broadband Task Force I’ve crafted legislation that would invest billions in expanding broadband access for students who increasingly need an internet connection to complete their schoolwork. Strengthening our public education system also means expanding access to safe and affordable child care, and securing affordable secondary education through our public colleges, universities, and skills training programs.
Between recent floods and a devastating derecho, the climate crisis has clearly begun to impact our communities across Iowa. The number one way we can help address that crisis is by reducing emissions and keeping us on the path to a clean energy future. I’m proud of my work on the Governor’s Agenda for Energy Efficiency and a Clean Environment, which helped bring the wind industry to scale and made Iowa second in the nation for wind energy production. But for the sake of future generations, there’s more work to be done. That’s why I’m committed to supporting new investments in Iowa’s renewable fuel industry, and why I’ll keep fighting for an energy policy that drives job growth for our families and moves us away from reliance on foreign oil. In Congress, I’ve successfully revived the biodiesel tax credit, and worked toward a National Climate Bank, which would invest 35 billion dollars in projects scaled to the needs of our clean energy future.
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