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Finkenauer: Iowa families don't care about partisanship

Abby Finkenauer is a Democratic candidate for U.S. House in Iowa's 1st District.

Growing up in Dubuque, we were always taught that when there’s a job to do, you say yes, you get to work and you do whatever it takes to get it done.

Over the past two years, that’s exactly what I’ve tried to do as your congresswoman.

In just my first two weeks in Congress, I passed bipartisan legislation to help our rural small businesses grow — and a few months later, that plan was signed into law by the president.

Since then, we’ve introduced more than 20 bipartisan bills addressing the issues we hear about from Iowans every single day. We’ve passed legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, strengthen the Affordable Care Act and guarantee protections for coverage of preexisting conditions, permanently fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, increase funding for northeast Iowa roads, bridges, locks and dams and flood protections and extend the biodiesel tax credit to strengthen Iowa’s agricultural economy.

I’ve reached across the aisle on issues big and small because I know that’s what Iowans expect, and that’s how we get the job done.

For all that progress, there’s still more work to do. We desperately need a new, bipartisan pandemic relief package for our small businesses and families, and we must keep fighting for our Eastern Iowa families impacted by this summer’s derecho storm.

Solving these kitchen-table concerns and responding to the immediate crises facing our communities is what I came to Congress to do, and I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to get it done.

When I was a kid, I spent every Saturday night after church at my grandparents’ house, where I’d sit around the kitchen table talking about the issues facing our country with my uncles, a Democrat and a Republican, and my grandfather, a Dubuque firefighter. We debated politics and policy back and forth — and sometimes it got a little heated — but at the end of every night we’d always hug and say goodbye with an “I love you” and a “See you next week.”

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We need that spirit of cooperation and leadership now more than ever. Iowa families don’t care about partisanship — they care about getting things done.

Our communities, our state and our country are always stronger when we are unified instead of divided — and I will continue to do whatever it takes and work with whoever I can to deliver for you and your family.

Abby Finkenauer is a Democratic candidate for U.S. House in Iowa’s 1st District.

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