Friday, April 9, 2021
This week concluded our spring district work period, and I spent it traveling the state and meeting with Iowans — stopping in nearly a dozen more counties as part of my commitment to visit all 39 counties in the district at least twice a year.
READ MY LATEST COLUMN: GOVERNMENT TOGETHER
When I was sworn in as a member of Congress, I promised 4th District Iowans that I would work tirelessly to bring their voices to Washington. It has always been a top priority to ensure my constituents have a seat at the table when decisions are being made that affect our farmers, families, and rural main street businesses. This simply cannot be accomplished without traveling the district, meeting folks where they are, listening to concerns, and taking thoughts and ideas straight to Washington. That is why I recently announced my plan to visit all 39 counties in the 4th District at least twice every year.
In February, I sponsored an amendment to the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021. The proposal would give students in mentorship programs more opportunities to find employment by incorporating those programs into the national apprenticeship system. I was very pleased that my amendment passed the House with unanimous support. I never would have known about this oversight had I not met with members of Iowa Mentoring Partnership just a couple of weeks earlier, and I appreciate them informing me on this critical issue. It is crucial to maintain an open dialogue between constituents and their representatives, and this is just one excellent example.
I am here to serve you; after all, you elected me to be your voice in Congress. We are government together. I will continue being a passionate advocate for all Iowans in the 4th District, and I look forward to meeting Iowans and learning from them as I visit all 39 counties, twice a year.
Read the full column by clicking here.
HERE’S WHAT DEMOCRATS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR SO-CALLED “INFRASTRUCTURE” PROPOSAL
There’s a lot to unpack in President Biden and the Democrats’ latest multi-trillion-dollar spending proposal, which they are disingenuously referring to as “infrastructure.” Less than 5 percent ($100 billion) of the bill goes towards investment in broadband. Meanwhile, $174 billion would be spent on subsidies for electric vehicles and charging stations, and less than 6 percent of this massive bill would actually go towards roads and bridges. It would spend more on electric cars than roads, bridges, airports, and waterways combined. Put simply: It’s the Green New Deal disguised as an infrastructure bill, containing costly regulations that would destroy farms and businesses.
It gets worse. Biden is proposing tax hikes to pay for it. In fact, he has proposed the largest tax hike in a generation. This would drive down wages and drive up the cost of goods, meaning American workers and consumers will foot the bill for the Democrats’ radical agenda. As part of this proposal, the Biden Administration is also looking at eliminating Step-Up in Basis, which could devastate family farms by increasing taxes on inherited assets.
It’s clear that this proposal is just another reckless, tax-and-spend liberal wish list that will kill jobs and hinder economic growth right as we are beginning to recover. In the coming weeks and months, I will keep a close eye on this bill, propose improvements where I can, and fight against any regulations and tax hikes that I believe will be harmful to farmers and main street businesses.
I discussed the “infrastructure” plan with KGLO, which you can read about by clicking here.
Saturday, April 2, 2021
This week I hit the road again, visiting nearly a dozen communities in the 4th District. I enjoyed hearing from Iowans on the issues that matter most to them. I cannot be an effective voice for you in Congress without traveling the district, listening to concerns, and taking thoughts and ideas straight to Washington.
ALL 39 COUNTIES, TWICE A YEAR
This week, I officially announced my plan to visit all 39 counties in the 4th District at least twice every year. I promised Iowans I would be transparent and accessible, and I will continue to fulfill that promise through these 78 visits. Speaking with farmers, health care providers, manufacturers, small business owners, families, and students throughout the district will allow me to be an effective voice in the halls of Congress for all Iowans.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the senior Senator from Iowa, Sen. Grassley, for setting the gold standard in meeting with Iowans. Now infamously known as the “Full Grassley,” he has set a great example and shown elected officials how representative government should work. We are here to serve you.
Here are a few pictures from some of my stops this week, including a meeting with Iowa Cattlemen in Calhoun County, a broadband discussion with Sen. Ernst in Pocahontas County, a tour of Choice Medical in Story County, and a tour of Bauer Built Manufacturing in Webster County. Thanks for having me!
BIDEN ADMIN UNVEILS YET ANOTHER MASSIVE “INFRASTRUCTURE” TAX-AND-SPEND PLAN
On Wednesday, President Biden rolled out his so-called $2.1 trillion “infrastructure” plan. Unfortunately, just like the $1.9 trillion “COVID relief” package Democrats just jammed through Congress and signed into law, it has very little to do with the title. Instead, it’s another Trojan Horse filled with far-left agenda items, Green New Deal-style provisions, and tax hikes on businesses that will fall on working Americans.
For example, this bill would spend more on electric cars than roads, bridges, ports, airports, and waterways combined. What the Biden Administration is proposing is not infrastructure. It’s another reckless, tax-and-spend proposal that will kill jobs and hinder economic growth right as we are beginning to recover. In the coming weeks and months, I will keep a close eye on this bill, propose improvements where I can, and fight against any regulations and tax hikes that I believe will be harmful to farmers and main street businesses.
On Monday, we celebrated 100 years of the State Flag! I always keep our state motto in mind as I work on behalf of Iowans in Congress, and I will continue fighting to defend our rights and liberties.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
After being in session for several weeks, this week was the beginning of our spring district work period. Throughout the next couple weeks, I’ll be busy with committee work and traveling the district to listen to your questions and concerns — the most important part of my job as your Representative.
CELEBRATING NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY
Tuesday was National Agriculture Day — a day for us to celebrate the hard-working farmers in the 4th District and across the country who work tirelessly to feed and fuel the world.
I’m truly humbled to serve one of the largest ag-producing districts in the country. Below are some fun facts on how our district compares to others in terms of ag production:
I also had the pleasure of meeting with several Iowa FFA members for National Ag Day, and I enjoyed our conversations on everything from the food supply chain and trade to biofuels and broadband.
ENCOURAGING TRADE WITH TAIWAN IN THE FACE OF AGGRESSION FROM CHINA
In 2020, Iowa exported $191 million in goods to Taiwan, making them our 13th largest trading partner. A U.S.-Taiwan trade agreement would boost our economy, and it’d represent an important investment in the Indo-Pacific region’s security and prosperity in the face of recent aggressive actions from the Chinese Communist Party.
That’s why I joined my colleagues in writing a letter to the Biden administration, urging them to pursue a free trade agreement with Taiwan. Read the full letter by clicking here.
UPDATE ON SARAH’S LAW
I am pleased to announce 17 more of my colleagues signed on as cosponsors of Sarah’s Law, a bill I recently introduced in the House along with Sen. Ernst, who introduced the same measure in the Senate. Given the crisis we are seeing unfold on our southern border, this commonsense proposal is getting a lot more attention. It is now more important than ever that we implement safe immigration laws that protect the American people.
Sarah’s Law would simply require federal law enforcement to detain illegal immigrants criminally charged with killing or seriously injuring another person — like the man who struck and killed Sarah Root when he was drunk driving and drag racing. He was charged with felony motor-vehicle homicide, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and faced up to 20 years in prison. However, due to an Obama-era policy loophole, he posted bond and was released. He has since disappeared and still has not been brought to justice nearly five years after Sarah’s death.
Now, Sarah’s Law has a total of 30 cosponsors and counting in the House. Sen. Ernst brought this bill to the floor in the Senate on Wednesday, and unfortunately, Democrats shot it down. I appreciate her continued leadership on this issue, and I will continue doing my part to get Sarah’s Law passed in the House.
ICYMI: MY BILL TO PROVIDE MORE AFFORDABLE LOAN OPTIONS FOR FARMERS
In case you missed it: Last week, I introduced a bill that would remove taxation on income from farm real estate loans made by community banks. The ECORA Act will benefit farmers, families, and rural communities across Iowa by allowing more institutions to offer affordable credit to rural and agricultural borrowers.
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IOWA – Congressman Randy Feenstra has introduced a bipartisan bill in the US House of Representatives to seek tax relief for American farmers. The Enhanced Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act would remove taxes on income from some farm real…
ANNOUNCING THE 2021 CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION
My office is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition, which is open to all high school students in the 4th District.
Learn more about the rules, how to submit your art, and what the prizes are by clicking here.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Little Miss Pigtails Savanah Hitchler & Hadley Ellensohn, along with Pork Queen Kiley Allen, at the Plymouth County Iowa Pork Producers banquet!
Friday, March 19, 2021
Randy’s Roundup: Supporting Iowa Workers and Defending Our Second Amendment Rights
This week, I was pleased legislation that I led to shore up the Crime Victims Fund passed the House with broad bipartisan support. I also introduced a new bill, the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America (ECORA) Act, a bipartisan measure that would benefit farmers, families, and rural communities across Iowa by allowing more institutions to offer affordable credit to rural and agricultural borrowers.
ENHANCING CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL AMERICA
I joined Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) to introduce the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America (ECORA) Act, which would remove taxation on income from farm real estate loans made by community banks. The ECORA Act will benefit farmers, families, and rural communities across Iowa by allowing more institutions to offer affordable credit to rural and agricultural borrowers.
The ECORA Act is an important proposal that will help provide lower-cost loans to farmers and ranchers. Our hardworking farmers feed and fuel the world, and I will support any effort that provides the resources they need to succeed in today’s economy.
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BILL TO PROVIDE CRIME VICTIMS WITH ASSISTANCE PASSES HOUSE
The VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 passed the House with bipartisan support. I was proud to lead my colleagues in passing this legislation, which aims to improve the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) by making updates to the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) that provides crime victims with much-needed assistance and compensation.
It is unacceptable that deposits into the Crime Victims Fund have been declining, and addressing this has become even more pressing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By preventing future cuts to the CVF, survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes will have a reliable, sustainable resource for getting the assistance they need and deserve.
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PRESIDENT BIDEN LOOKING TO IMPLEMENT LARGEST TAX HIKE IN 30 YEARS
After passing a reckless $1.9 trillion spending bill that prioritized bailouts for mismanaged states, President Biden is now eyeing a $2.1 trillion tax hike — which would be the largest tax hike in 30 years.
Like I have previously warned, Iowans are going to have to foot the bill for the Democrats’ costly, partisan agenda.
MORE VACCINES COMING TO RURAL IOWA
After a letter from the Iowa delegation, several community health centers — including Siouxland Community Health in the 4th District — will be included in the next round of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program.
The HRSA and CDC launched this program to directly allocate COVID-19 vaccines to HRSA-supported health centers to ensure that rural communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are equitably vaccinated.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Randy’s Roundup: Supporting Iowa Workers and Defending Our Second Amendment Rights
Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats continued jamming their liberal agenda through Congress this week, including efforts to infringe on our Second Amendment rights and passing nearly $2 trillion in spending for partisan pet projects which they disingenuously refer to as “COVID relief.” Below you will find more information on the bills that passed the House, as well as updates on the issues I have prioritized throughout the week.
TWO AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
I’m excited to announce I’ve been selected to serve on two House Agriculture subcommittees: Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, and Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit. These two subcommittees cover many policy areas that are important to the 4th District. I’m looking forward to giving farmers a seat at the table on these subcommittees, where we will have significant discussions on everything from trade and pricing transparency to biodiesel production and rural development.
Read more by clicking here.
NEW: Cosponsoring the Death Tax Repeal Act & Main Street Tax Certainty Act
Farmers and small business owners form the backbone of our economy. They should be able to keep more of their hard-earned money — not penalized or hit with surprise tax bills. That’s why I’m a proud cosponsor of the Death Tax Repeal Act and the Main Street Tax Certainty Act. I will continue working to enact policies that ease the tax burden on family farmers and small business owners.
DEMOCRATS SIGN $1.9 TRILLION SPENDING BILL INTO LAW
On Wednesday, I spoke during debate on the Democrats’ reckless $1.9 trillion spending bill, which only contains NINE PERCENT in funding for COVID mitigation-related efforts. This bill does not “rescue” our country; it puts us and future generations at risk by driving us further into debt — all so Democrats can advance their partisan political agenda.
We currently enjoy low-interest rates, but reckless spending will lead to inflation. Inflation will likely lead to interest rate hikes (for example, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates to 20 percent to fight inflation in the 1980s). With our national debt already at $28 trillion, higher interest would cause a 𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐜 𝐝𝐞𝐛𝐭 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐥. That’s why I’m strongly opposed to this $1.9 trillion out-of-control spending bill. We have a responsibility to spend taxpayer money wisely to secure a bright future for our children & grandchildren.
Watch my floor remarks by clicking here
PRO Act: AN ATTACK ON WORKERS’ RIGHTS
With the so-called “PRO Act” that passed the House this week, Democrats once again attacked workers by prioritizing the interests of union bosses. This bill would stifle the rights of hardworking Iowans by forcing them into one-size-fits-all contracts, exposing their personal information without their consent, and curbing their ability to work as independent contractors.
What’s worse, it would repeal Iowa’s right-to-work law, meaning thousands of Iowans would be forced to use a chunk of their hard-earned paycheck to become a member of a union they don’t even want to join. Not only would it lower take-home pay, but it would also allow unions to use workers’ money to fund left-wing groups like Planned Parenthood. Any comprehensive labor reform bill should prioritize workers, but this bill prioritizes union bosses. That’s why I strongly opposed this bill.
BILLS TO LIMIT SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS PASS THE HOUSE
A week after voting to defund the police, Democrats attempted to restrict Iowans’ Second Amendment rights. I firmly believe it is every Americans’ fundamental, constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Our Founding Fathers enshrined the Second Amendment in our Constitution to ensure the American people would not be tempted to trade their liberty for the promises of security.
Unfortunately, implementing universal background checks, an invasive national gun registry, and dramatically expanding waiting periods would make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase and carry a firearm. That’s why I voted ‘no’ on these proposals, and I will continue to fight against any attempts to infringe on the Second Amendment.
Friday, February 19, 2021
Randy’s Roundup: Delivering relief for natural disaster victims
On Monday, August 10, 2020, a massive storm system with high winds and isolated tornadoes tore through the Midwest, leaving a 700-mile path of destruction in its wake — from Nebraska all the way to Indiana. In Iowa, early estimates indicated that 43 percent of cropland was impacted across the state, flattening millions of acres of corn and soybeans, crippling grain bins, and tearing barns and machine sheds apart.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated damages from the storm, known as a derecho, would amount to $7.5 billion — making it the most costly severe thunderstorm in United States history. The highest wind gust was clocked in Atkins, Iowa at an eye-popping 126 mph, and it was estimated that peak wind gusts reached 140 mph. These extreme winds are the equivalent of what would be expected in an EF3 tornado or major hurricane.
When this devastating storm swept across the Midwest, many producers were already grappling with market disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the derecho exacerbated the challenges many farmers were facing. As Congress began debating the latest stimulus bill, I kept this in mind and made it a priority to deliver much-needed relief for farmers and rural businesses impacted by the derecho and other natural disasters.
Last week, House committees began the markup process on the Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I met with my colleagues on this committee to consider the $16.1 billion ag section of the bill. I had some concerns about how the money was being spent, so I proposed several amendments to improve the bill — including one to provide additional relief for producers impacted by natural disasters in 2020.
I am extremely pleased that my amendment, which would include assistance for those affected by high wind storms like last summer’s derecho, was adopted by the House Agriculture Committee. By reallocating some of the funds appropriated in the original bill to be used for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife and Hurricane Indemnity Program (WHIP), this legislation will help thousands of producers across the country who have suffered losses from natural disasters or severe weather — including floods, snowstorms, and droughts.
Iowa is not the only state that stands to benefit from this effort. We suffered from both drought and the derecho, but many states in the South and West were also affected by wildfires, severe droughts, and other weather-related incidences that further harmed producers and rural businesses who were already dealing with the economic fallout of the pandemic.
While the overall stimulus package is chock-full of Democrats’ reckless spending proposals and far-left agenda items, this commonsense amendment will provide much-needed, timely relief for those in the agriculture community who have been affected by the pandemic and natural disasters.
I was elected to deliver results for Iowa farmers, main street businesses, and working families, and that is exactly what I am doing. As the breadbasket to the world, I will continue fighting tirelessly to deliver for the hardworking men and women in our agriculture community.
Randy Feenstra was born and raised in Hull, Iowa, where he has served as City Administrator, Sioux County Treasurer, and Iowa State Senator. In January, he began serving his first term in Congress, representing Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Randy’s Roundup: My First Month in Congress
FIGHTING FOR FARMERS: My Amendment Securing Derecho Relief Passes House Ag Committee
This week, the House began the committee markup process on the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, so the House Agriculture met for the first time to consider the ag section of this legislation. In an effort to improve the bill, I introduced several amendments that were considered during the hearing — including one to authorize the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) to include those in need of assistance from last summer’s massive derecho storm, which exacerbated the challenges Iowa farmers are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a big win for Iowa farmers, I’m proud to say that my amendment passed out of the House Agriculture Committee. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this committee moving forward to deliver more results for our agriculture community.
On Day One, Congressman Feenstra promised he would work tirelessly to deliver results for the people of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. Here is a quick rundown on what Randy and his staff have accomplished in a little over a month:
- 16 bills cosponsored
- 8 letters sent to congressional leadership and the Biden Administration
- 2 floors speeches
- 1 amendment passed off the floor
- 4,224 responses to constituents sent — including via letters, e-mails, and phone calls
- 1,050 calls and 40 meetings with constituents
- 21 constituent cases closed
- Randy has communicated with constituents throughout the district by delivering updates through 15 radio interviews
MY AMENDMENT EXPANDING APPRENTICESHIP ACCESS PASSES HOUSE
Last week, I sponsored an amendment to the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021. My amendment will give students more chances to find employment opportunities through valuable mentorship programs. I’m pleased that this amendment passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.
MY LATEST COLUMN: Deficit Reduction and Control is Paramount
I wrote a column on the importance of reducing our national debt and getting our deficit under control. As a father of four, I firmly believe it is my responsibility as an elected official to leave this country better than I found it. That begins by balancing the federal budget and getting our country’s fiscal house in order by fighting against reckless, blue state-style spending.
I am committed to standing up for American taxpayers. This is your money — not the governments. I will always fight to enact fiscally responsible policies as a newly appointed member of the House Committee on the Budget.
Friday, January 29, 2021
Randy’s Roundup: Giving Iowans a Seat at the Table
I’m truly humbled that 4th District Iowans have entrusted me to represent them in the halls of Congress. We are government together, and I am here to work for you. I was elected based on a promise that I would deliver for Iowans, and after an incredibly busy first month in Congress, I’m proud of what we have already been able to accomplish.
On January 3rd, I put my hand on our family’s Bible and took the oath of office. Guided by faith and support from my family, it is my solemn promise to Iowans that I will defend the Constitution of the United States and faithfully discharge my duties as a United States Representative.
Today, Randy Feenstra (IA-04) was sworn-in to serve as the next representative for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.
“I am truly humbled that Iowans in the 4th District elected me to represent them in the halls of Congress, and starting today, I will work tirelessly to make sure they have a seat at the table when making decisions that affect our farmers and main streets,” said Rep. Feenstra. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in Iowa and throughout the country on delivering conservative solutions that will create a booming economy for taxpayers and allow our rural communities to grow and thrive.
“Along with 4th District Iowans, I’d like to thank my wife and family for their love and support. Guided by faith and family, it is my solemn promise to Iowans that I will defend the Constitution of the United States and faithfully discharge my duties as a United States Representative.”
Rep. Feenstra was born and raised in Hull, Iowa, where he has served as City Administrator, Sioux County Treasurer, and Iowa State Senator. Feenstra received a bachelor’s degree from Dordt University and went on to receive his MPA from Iowa State University. After a successful tenure as head of sales for the Foreign Candy Company, he began teaching business classes at Dordt University. He is married to his wife of 28 years, Lynette, and they have 4 children — Taylor, Erika, Dawson, and Savannah.
Click Here to Read More: Feenstra Takes Oath of Office