Tonight, voters in Iowa’s Third Congressional District were reminded of the two voting records of rejected Congressman David Young and Cindy Axne – and where their priorities have differed in Congress.
Here’s how David Young and Cindy Axne’s records compare:
- Over 75% of Cindy Axne’s votes in her first term in Congress were bipartisan.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce scored Cindy Axne as the most bipartisan member of the entire Iowa delegation.
- Young has bragged about voting lockstep with his party’s leaders 99% of the time.
Opposing partisan priorities when they’re wrong for Iowa:
- After pledging to oppose a Republican health care bill that would have gutted protections for pre-existing conditions and raised premiums on Iowa families, David Young sold out his constituents when his party bosses threatened to pull their financial support.
- When Democratic leadership tried to gut tariff and farm aid funding, Cindy Axne stood up for Iowa’s family farmers and got the funding restored.
- When House leaders wanted to raise Congressional salaries and spend federal dollars on new computers, Cindy Axne stood up for Iowa taxpayers and spoke out against those fiscally irresponsible proposals.
Priorities in Washington:
- Young voted for multiple federal budgets that would privatize Medicare and turn it into a voucher program – as well as for a tax handout to wealthy corporations at the expense of middle class Iowans.
- Cindy Axne successfully pushed for the repeal of three health care taxes that would have raised health care expenses for millions of Americans.
- Cindy Axne worked across the aisle to successfully renew the biodiesel tax credit – which previous Congresses had failed to revive – and repeal the threat of taxes on Iowans’ health care.
- Cindy Axne wrote legislation passed by the House to lower out-of-pocket costs and insurance premiums and cut patient wait times and administrative red tape.
“Today’s debate was another example of the starkly different options that Iowans in central and southwest Iowa have to choose from in this election. While David Young spent four years putting his party bosses and their agenda ahead of Iowa families, Cindy Axne has always put Iowa families first – even when it has meant bucking her own party. That commitment was clear to voters tonight, and it will earn her the votes to represent them again in the next Congress,” said Ian Mariani, spokesperson for Cindy Axne for Congress.