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VERNON: Real progress for Iowa families

For far too long, far too many Iowans are getting left behind. Across northeast Iowa, I’ve met many families struggling just to get by — families who can’t remember the last time they saw a raise, worry if Social Security will be there for them when they retire, and lose sleep wondering how they’ll put their kids through college. We need to get Washington working for families across northeastern Iowa.

I’m running for Congress because we need to invest in our greatest asset: our people. Hardworking Iowans deserve a raise. No one working full-time should have to choose between putting food on their table or paying their bills.

My top priority is getting our economy working for middle class families. Instead of pointing fingers and trying to score political points, we should focus on creating good paying jobs and helping our small businesses.

I started my own small business from scratch while raising a family with my husband, Bill. Each day was tough from making payroll to knowing when to grow — and how. There’s no question too much bureaucratic red tape is making it harder for Iowans to grow their small businesses.

When I was getting my business off the ground, child care for my three young daughters was a daily worry. We need to help hardworking families get ahead with affordable child care and expanded family sick leave. Iowa women deserve equal pay for equal work, it’s not just a woman’s issue, it’s a family issue. Because when Iowa’s women succeed, our families and communities succeed.

We all succeed when Iowans have good paying jobs right here at home — not tax breaks for big corporations that ship our jobs overseas. We need to put people back to work by investing in our infrastructure: our roads, bridges, locks and dams, airports, broadband internet, water systems, and flood protection must be built for the 21st century. Investment in these projects will put people to work immediately and help local areas set the table for future economic development.

After a lifetime of hard work, our seniors deserve the security they have earned and that we have promised will be there for them in retirement — we must protect it. You can count on me to stand up against those who want to privatize Social Security and end Medicare as we know it. Every day I meet seniors saddled with the outrageous cost of prescription drugs. I’ll work to make sure Medicare can bargain with drug companies in order to get the lowest possible cost for our seniors, making prescriptions more affordable.

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When I see something wrong, I do something about it — whether as a working mom, small business owner, or city council member. It’s how I get the job done. Congress is completely dysfunctional and paralyzed by gridlock on nearly every issue. That has to stop. We can do better.

We need to come together and solve problems. I will work with anyone — Republican, Democrat, or Independent — to make progress for the hardworking families of northeast Iowa. I know when we work together, we will make real progress.

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