have never been more proud to call myself an Iowan than after seeing how our communities have come together to help one another recover from this devastating flood.
In southwest Iowa, farmers have sent semis of hay, businesses have donated truckloads of water, volunteers have rescued pets, and neighbors have fed and housed one another. But our neighbors still need our help.
In this time of need, our elected officials must take meaningful action, not play political games. That’s why I am holding Washington accountable.
I have called on the House and Senate appropriators to increase funding for federal disaster aid to ensure that programs vital to rebuilding Iowa’s communities have sufficient funding. I have invited the secretaries of USDA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to tour affected flood areas to understand the scope of the damage and the need for federal assistance.
Paden Lawler delivers 28 bales of donated hay for farmers impacted by flooding, on Thursday, March 28, 2019, near Malvern. (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register)
I have made urgent requests for support from federal agencies, including calling on the USDA to authorize the same programs for Iowa farmers that they have for Nebraska. I called on Congress to immediately pass a disaster relief bill that fully funds recovery programs for all affected areas, including Iowa.
Southwest Iowans are resilient, but no community can do this alone. This will be a long road to recovery. You can count on me to make sure we see results.