David Young, Iowa’s 3rd District Congressman, made a pit stop in Redfield for the Coffee with My Congressman tour. Kicking off in January, the tour meets in one location of every sixteen counties in the third Iowa district.
Young believes the event’s are beneficial to his position.
“I can hear the concerns of my bosses - I remind them that they are the ones in charge,” Young explained. “When issues comes up I don’t want to have to guess what people are thinking here at home, and I want to have a head start on those issues.”
Stationed in Redfield’s American Legion, the event invited members of the public to come forward and voice their concerns or questions with Young.
Both specific and generic questions were written by the audience and read aloud before Congressman Young addressed the subject.
One audience member asked Young what Congress is doing with Electronic Logging Device (ELD) requirements. ELD devices are put in commercial trucks.
“I’m on a bill to repeal that ELD requirement because it hurts the small truckers (and) the independent truckers the most - especially who haul agriculture,” Young said. “Some of the larger trucking companies can afford these devices that log their time, but if you’re hauling hogs or cattle, you can’t just stop somewhere, you’ve got to get that livestock to and from where it needs to be.”
Young says there has been a 90-day extension or waiver to not enforce it right now.
“A lot of the U.S. Department of Transportation takes a closer look at this, particularly the effect on smaller haulers,” Young said.
Young was applauded by the audience member and then asked if horses were included in the “agriculture” category.
“I learn something every time I do one of these,” Young explained after the event. “Today was the importance of making sure that if there’s any kind of relief for folks who haul livestock, don’t forget horses - you don’t think of some of that.”
Young was asked about how he plans to support young, new farmers or small farmers.
“I have a bill beginning farmer loan program bill that I’m going to try to get incorporated into the farm bill that’s coming up,” Young said. “You can get loans through the USDA, but they’re only used for certain things: land, maybe conservation efforts.”
He later asked to visit the audience members’ farm and learn more about their operation.
An audience member asked Young about keeping promises during the election: “Throughout the election there was a focus on the lack of wage growth for working Americans, the it seemed that congress and the President piled on the big tax-cuts for the rich which is going to increase the deficit and it doesn’t benefit the middle class long term. There’s initial tax cuts, which is great, but not for the long-term of the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations seem to go on forever and ever and ever. How is that address the promises made during the election that we’re all for the working people?”
“When it comes to tax relief, my focus was always on small businesses and people working paycheck to paycheck, two to three jobs,” Young said. “That’s the third district. 90 percent of Americans are going to feel some tax relief here starting in Feb. with their first paychecks.”
“My focus is on the folks I meet with everyday; people will start seeing this relief soon: double the child tax credit, double the standard deduction, there’s a lot of deduction as well that people are concerned about - medical, home interest, that kind of thing.”
Attendees were encouraged to comment and discuss topics with one another throughout the 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. event. Young was scheduled for another coffee in Panora directly after.
“We make sure the people know what we’re offering,” Young said about the events.