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Advocating for Iowa families and taxpayers

Our economy is in tough shape. Cumulative inflation has skyrocketed by nearly 20 percent since President Biden took office while real wages have fallen by roughly 4.4 percent. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated that the economy grew at a rate of only 1.3 percent in the first quarter of ...

Federal response to avian flu

Q: How is the federal government responding to recent outbreaks of avian flu? A: As Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator, I’m staying on top of federal agencies with prevention, control, emergency management and public health responsibilities to effectively serve the American people. That includes ...

Government employees need to get back to work

Government employees showing up for work shouldn’t make headlines. But recently, it has. Bureaucrats from the Department of Labor gathered at work earlier this year to protest their “right to work remotely.” And if that isn’t rich enough, the event occurred outside of a federal ...

As FDSH principal, Bob Bargman cared deeply for students, faculty, staff

To those who knew and worked with Bob Bargman, principal of Fort Dodge Senior High School for 15 years, he was first and foremost a people person. He was the guy, they would say, who Barbra Streisand might have had in mind when she sang, “People who need people are the luckiest people in ...

Securing victories for Iowa agriculture in the Farm Bill

In the early morning hours of Friday after nearly 14 hours of deliberation, I voted — alongside my Republican colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee — to advance the 2024 Farm Bill out of committee and send it to the House floor for a vote by the full House. This legislation is not ...

The power of kindness: Uniting hearts for mental health awareness

As May unfolds, so does Mental Health Awareness Month – a time dedicated to illuminating the importance of mental well-being in our lives and our community. We’re often weighed down with challenges, uncertainties and adversities – resulting in our mental health needs being put on the back ...