Agriculture

Growing up walking beans and feeding hogs on our family farm in southwest Iowa, I experienced firsthand the hard work that goes into production agriculture.  Agriculture has long been the bedrock of our national economy and Iowa plays a critical part in ensuring folks in the U.S. and around the world have access to a safe and affordable food supply.  In fact, Iowans are a leading producer of corn, soybeans, pork, eggs, and renewable fuels.  

Budget and Spending

Just like hardworking families all across Iowa and this country do every day, I believe that the federal government should balance its own budget. We are already more than $19 trillion in debt; our children and grandchildren deserve better than uncontrolled spending and more debt from Washington piled onto their future. 

Education

As a mother and grandmother, I believe education should be handled at the state and local level, by Iowans, not Washington bureaucrats.

Energy and Environment

I support an all-of-the-above energy approach that increases America’s domestic production and promotes energy independence. Using our plentiful fossil fuel reserves, increasing utilization of renewables and building on advances in energy efficiency, we have the ability to pursue an energy strategy that creates jobs and provides reliable, sustainable and affordable energy to American families and businesses.  

Health Care

Years ago, President Obama promised health insurance premiums would go down under ObamaCare. They haven’t. Across the country, folks have endured significant health insurance premium increases, as well as increases in out of pocket costs like deductibles and copays. In fact, Iowans looking for health care plans in the exchange saw increases of up to 43 percent in 2017. 

Homeland Security

Protecting our homeland from threats, both foreign and domestic, should be the top priority of the federal government. As we learned on September 11th, 2001 and continue to be reminded of by ISIS-led or inspired terrorist attacks around the world, we must remain vigilant in defending our citizens and our way of life.  

Jobs, Economy and Regulation

We must do more to encourage our small and large businesses alike to grow and thrive. By selling more of what we make and grow in America around the globe, we can boost manufacturing, wages, and jobs, here at home.

National Defense

My mission is to ensure we keep faith with those at the tip of the spear of our defense policies—the young men and women of our all-volunteer military. This means ensuring our servicemembers have the best equipment and training available to fight and win, establish missions with clear and achievable objectives, and ensure we have senior leaders who hold their subordinate leaders accountable in maintaining the honor and values of the uniform they wear.

Protecting Life

As a mother and a grandmother, I am committed to defending life, because protecting our most vulnerable is an important measure of any society. 

Second Amendment

I am a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and oppose efforts by the government to infringe upon this constitutional right. I believe that the plain language of the Second Amendment is clear: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In accordance with the Second Amendment, I feel strongly that law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense.

Seniors

Promises made must be promises kept when it comes to protecting Iowa seniors’ Medicare and Social Security.  While maintaining that promise, we must also recognize that reforms are needed to ensure that these programs remain on viable footing for the future.  I am committed to working with my Senate colleagues to find bipartisan solutions that will strengthen and secure Medicare and Social Security for seniors today and tomorrow. 

Trade

Trade plays an important role in Iowa’s economy. According to the Business Roundtable more than one in every five jobs in Iowa – over 456,000 jobs – depend on international trade. Moreover, according to the International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce, since 2010 the value of Iowa’s exports increased by nearly 22 percent.

Transportation

The federal government has a significant role to play in developing and maintaining our country’s infrastructure, and along with national defense, it is one of its core functions. Having a robust and efficient transportation infrastructure is vital to the economy.  

Veterans

Here in the Senate, we have an incredible responsibility to not only make sure our country is protected, but to ensure we live up to the promises made to our veterans. These men and women have selflessly sacrificed in defense of our freedoms, and our way of life. We must ensure that our veterans are prepared to transition back to civilian life. They deserve nothing less than the benefits they were promised and a quality of care we can all be proud of.