See where Ashley stands on the issues most important to Iowa families and businesses:

 

Improving Infrastructure

Democrats and Republicans agree our infrastructure is in desperate need for repair, yet Washington politicians have failed to secure the funds to fix it.

As a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, Ashley did things differently. She led the charge to secure funding to strengthen Iowa’s buildings and roads and successfully worked to pass SAVE—legislation that provides schools with the funding and tools they need to make important improvements for modern facilities, safe classrooms, and state of the art technology that enhance students’ educational experience. She also shepherded through legislation to help our communities pay for long-term infrastructure for flood protection. Additionally, as the House Transportation Chair, she worked to help ensure equity for the road use tax fund, which funds our roads and bridges.

In Congress, Ashley will work with the President and members of both parties to continue rebuilding our nation’s roads and strengthening our infrastructure.

Creating Jobs and Growing Iowa’s Economy

Ashley’s goal is simple—help American taxpayers keep more of their own money. Throughout her time representing families in the Iowa House, Ashley voted for tax cuts that increased take-home wages for Iowa workers while achieving something Congress finds impossible—balancing a budget. Ashley wants to take some of this Iowa common sense to Washington.

Ashley supports making middle-income tax cuts passed by Republicans permanent. Iowa families and businesses are benefitting from these tax cuts. The average middle-class family increased their take home pay by over $1,600 a year—that’s a family vacation or a much-needed home repair.

Ashley will fight to make sure Democrats don’t have the votes to repeal them or do worse—pass trillions in tax hikes to support radical plans like the Green New Deal that would destroy Iowa’s economy.

Protecting Agriculture

Agriculture is at the heart of Iowa’s economy and rural communities. That’s why in the Iowa House, Ashley fought tirelessly to protect Iowa’s farmers and agricultural facilities.

Now Ashley is calling on Washington to pass the UMSCA—the NAFTA replacement agreement with Canada and Mexico that will bring higher wages and jobs, particularly in Iowa. A 2019 Business Roundtable study found that last year alone, $6.6 billion in Iowa goods and services were exported to Canada and Mexico, more than the next 27 export partners combined.

This trade deal is critical for Iowa—where one out of every five jobs are trade-related, and the agriculture industry accounts for one-third of the dollars driving our state’s economy.

But we have a member of Congress who refuses to push for this important agreement that would help struggling farmers and families right now.

In Congress, Ashley will always put Iowa farmers and families first.

Growing Our Energy

When it comes to our energy sector, affordability, sustainability, and energy independence are critical to the future of Iowa and America. But it’s clear that some politicians have ignored this cause while others have put forth expensive, unrealistic proposals that would destroy our economy.

Ashley believes Iowa can remain a leader in renewable energy and bio fuels without stifling our economic growth with taxes and unfair and onerous regulatory burdens on Iowa producers. In the Iowa House, Ashley supported a law ensuring that biosecurity and our food supply are not put at risk by foreign agents or extreme activists who use deception to gain access to agricultural facilities.

Ashley will work to increase American-made energy, reduce our dependency on foreign oil, protect the environment, and bring down energy costs for Iowans.

Fighting for Affordable, Accessible Healthcare

For years healthcare has been at the center of heated political debate, but that’s all it’s been—part of a debate, rather than the center of meaningful action.

Ashley will work to make sure families have the power to make decisions about their healthcare—not bureaucrats in Washington. She opposes a Medicare For All bill that will increase taxes by 93 trillion dollars nationwide while eliminating private insurance for Iowa’s working families.

Instead, Ashley will fight to deliver patient-centered health care with the choice and control people want, the affordability they need, and the quality they deserve. This includes protecting coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Affordable

Ashley also knows we need to focus on targeted fixes to improve the current system, such as getting rid of surprise medical billing and lowering the cost of co-payments, deductibles, and prescription drugs.  Ashley will take on big Pharma to put an end to out of control prices of prescription drugs affecting all Iowans, and especially seniors. She will work to increase competition in the marketplace and close loopholes that allow bad actors to take advantage of the system.

Accessible

Additionally, the federal government needs to improve access to healthcare, especially for families in rural areas, women and our mental health system. In the Iowa house, Ashley supported critical access to rural hospitals, fought for funding for local women’s health centers and worked across the aisle to increase funding for our mental health system. Ashley will take these same fights to Washington.

Supporting Education and Our Kids

Iowa is facing a workforce crisis. Study after study show employers are struggling with shortages because they can’t find the skilled workers they need to grow and innovate. It’s clear Americans need post-secondary credentials to prosper in today’s competitive and technology-driven economy.

That’s why Ashley supported Governor Reynolds’ Future Ready Iowa initiative, which invests in workforce training to close the skills gap and ensure Iowa remains a haven for jobs and opportunity. Ashley will continue this fight at the federal level, supporting funding for vocational schools and training programs to expand access and career options for our children.

As the mother of school aged children, Ashley has been a fierce advocate for protecting Iowa kids. Ashley’s bill signed into law by Governor Reynolds, closed a loophole in Iowa law and enacted a 30-day reporting requirement for those who violate misconduct rules as school employees. Ashley has fought every day to make our children safer and she’ll do the same in Washington.

Ending the Immigration Crisis

Washington politicians have made immigration about politics when immigration is about security.

Our system has been overwhelmed by illegal immigrants coming across our southern border.

Now we have a humanitarian crisis, rampant human trafficking and drugs like fentanyl pouring across our border and fueling the opioid crisis.

Washington has been trying to solve the immigration issue for decades and they have done close to nothing. Ashley would go to Congress to work across the aisle to strengthen the border and find solutions. 

She supports increasing funding for border security and fixing our legal immigration system so places like Iowa can have their workforce needs met. Ashley knows we can no longer pass the buck.  

Standing With Our Veterans

When it comes to the 203,000 veterans in Iowa, we owe them everything. This means whether it was in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War or as recent as Iraq and Afghanistan, those who served our country deserve access to quality healthcare, education and economic opportunity. But politicians have let them down.

In Congress, Ashley would fight to increase transparency and communication at the VA and hold the VA accountable. We must increase access to mental health facilities and support programs that give military families and caregivers training on post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction.

Brave Iowans put their lives on the line to defend our country and we cannot allow government bureaucracy and partisan politicians to get in the way of the care they need.