Accomplishments

Bringing good-paying jobs into Iowa

Dave is working to build things in America again. He secured the passage of portions of his SECTORS bill as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. SECTORS uses Iowa community colleges and local industry as models for how to create and retain good-paying jobs in rural areas while growing local industry. He is expanding on this work with his recent New Jobs Training Act, which helps close the skills gap by connecting community colleges and local businesses to create training programs.

Fighting for Iowa’s renewable industries to promote homegrown energy

Dave understands the economic development possibilities for Iowa’s renewable energy industry are endless. This is why he has supported and fought for greater exploration and development of renewable energy sources, and has worked with his colleagues to pass increased federal investment in renewable energy. Dave also serves as the Co-chair of the House Biofuels Caucus.

Improving rural health care accessibility

Dave introduced a bill that was signed into law to make it easier for Critical Access Hospitals to provide care in rural communities. He is committed to ensuring that Iowans have access to high-quality, affordable health care no matter where they live.

Strengthening the Rock Island Arsenal

Dave knows the Rock Island Arsenal is critical to the Quad Cities and our national security. He’s worked on a bipartisan basis to get legislation signed into law that strengthens the Arsenal, supports the good jobs there, and ensures it remains a central piece of economic development in the Quad Cities for years to come.

Enhancing Pell Grants

Dave is working to reinstate year-round Pell so that part-time students who are working and attending classes or going back to school and have other commitments can still access aid to help them attain additional education. In 2007, Dave authored a provision that created year-round Pell Grants in the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which was signed into law in 2008. However, because of budget cuts, the year-round Pell Grant was eliminated in 2011. He continues to work on a bipartisan basis to reinstate the year-round grants.