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Iowa families are stronger thanks to President Trump

US President Donald Trump arrives to speak during the Republican Party of Iowa Annual Dinner at The Ron Pearson Center i
US President Donald Trump arrives to speak during the Republican Party of Iowa Annual Dinner at The Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines, Iowa on June 11, 2019. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Iowa families are thriving thanks to President Donald Trump, but that newfound prosperity would quickly be erased if the Democrats manage to win the upcoming presidential election.

As a new mother, I fully appreciate the importance of having a president who does everything in his power to strengthen working families throughout America and empower women, rather than government bureaucrats in Washington. That’s why I was honored to be part of the Women for Trump Bus Tour, which allowed me to connect with mothers and children all over Iowa who support the President’s policies and help prepare them to fight for genuine female empowerment by ensuring Donald Trump’s reelection in November.

For decades, the Democrats have insisted that they are the only ones who can help women prosper — but President Trump has proved them wrong time and time again. For the past three years, the President has implemented economic initiatives that have made our families stronger and more prosperous than ever before, creating an even brighter future for our children.

Donald Trump’s entire economic agenda was designed to put American families first, giving them the tools that they need to achieve long-term stability and success. By doubling the child tax credit, he gave nearly 40 million American families an extra $2,200 dollars per year, in addition to the roughly $1,400 that the average taxpayer is saving on their federal income taxes. Meanwhile, President Trump’s policies have lifted 2.4 million Americans, including nearly 1.4 million children, out of poverty in the past three years, while also helping to lift almost 7 million Americans off food stamps.

The strong and growing Trump economy isn’t the only cause for optimism, though, because this administration is also vigorously pursuing policies that make it easier for parents to balance their professional and familial responsibilities.

Thanks to the president’s leadership, Congress recently passed groundbreaking legislation that gives federal employees 12 full weeks of paid family leave, making it easier for parents like me to care for newborn children.

Despite all this progress, though, President Trump hasn’t stopped working to improve conditions for American families. Late last year, for instance, the White House released Principles for Child Care Reform, a blueprint for providing affordable child care options to every parent in the country. Moreover, the President paved the way for a historic increase in funding for Child Care and Development Block Grants, almost doubling federal funding for child care programs.

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Not all women are parents, of course, but American women nationwide have benefited greatly from President Trump’s pro-growth economic agenda. Since the 2016 election, the U.S. economy has generated more than 7 million new jobs, 58 percent of which have been filled by women, allowing the female unemployment rate to fall to its lowest level since 1953.

The same trend has been evident in the Hawkeye State, where the unemployment rate has declined by almost an entire percentage point under Donald Trump, and is now at 2.6 percent. In fact, women were noticeably less likely to be unemployed, suggesting that the enhanced economic opportunities created by the Trump economy are helping Iowa women to close the gender gap in employment.

Every single one of the Democrat presidential candidates, however, are determined to both repeal Donald Trump’s effective policies and restore the radical Obama-era practices that prevented the U.S. economy from recovering from the Great Recession and kept American families from thriving.

I want to help Iowa women protect what they’ve gained under this President, which is why I traveled throughout the state with Lara Trump and Mercedes Schlapp, encouraging women to join the growing movement of mothers, sisters, and daughters who are determined to safeguard our newfound prosperity. We even conducted Trump Victory Leadership Initiative events to teach women how they can do their part to help President Trump throughout the 2020 presidential election campaign.

If you want to take a stand for real female empowerment, the best way to do that is by voting to re-elect Donald J. Trump in November, and encouraging everyone you know to do the same.

Kayleigh McEnany is the national press secretary for President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. She is the author of the book “The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement.”

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