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On this edition of Iowa Press, Rep. Cindy Axne (D-West Des Moines) discusses the latest news out of Washington and look ahead to what she hopes to accomplish.
axne.house.gov, – September 2, 2021
Earlier today, the House Committee on Armed Services voted to advance legislation written by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) to provide in-demand skills training and employment assistance to members of National Guard and Reserve who are within 180 days of transitioning into civilian life.
The Transition for Success Act, which Rep. Axne reintroduced in July, was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022, and was approved by a vote of 57 to 2 at meeting of House Committee on Armed Services that concluded earlier this morning.
“Here at home and across the globe, members of the Iowa National Guard and Reservists put their lives on the line alongside their active duty brothers and sisters. Especially in light of these servicemembers’ work helping evacuate allies in harm’s way in Kabul over the past few weeks, it is only fair that we give Guard and Reserve veterans the same opportunities to succeed after serving our country,” said Rep. Axne. “I’m glad to see the Armed Services Committee chose to include the commonsense, bipartisan legislation that I wrote to connect those men and women transitioning back to civilian life with skills training programs in this year’s defense policy bill – and look forward to voting for it when it reaches the House floor. Employers want to hire our veterans, and veterans want employment where their skills and service is valued. This legislation helps make that happen.”
Currently, the U.S. Department of Defense offers access to the SkillBridge program to active duty servicemembers transitioning out of their military service. SkillBridge connects departing servicemembers to in-demand skills training and prospective employers who are ready to hire.
The Transition for Success Act would expand access to the SkillBridge program by allowing all National Guard and Reserve servicemembers to participate in the program upon departing military service.
Last year, the House passed the Transition for Success Act, but the measure was not included in the final version of the 2021 NDAA.
axne.house.gov, – September 2, 2021
Today, Representatives Cindy Axne (D-IA), Angie Craig (D-MN), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) and U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging them to include support for homegrown renewable fuels in the upcoming reconciliation package.
“Providing additional market access for higher blends of low carbon fuels in the budget reconciliation process will create jobs in rural communities, lower the price of fuel for consumers at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and, most importantly, decrease carbon emissions,” the legislators wrote.
They continued later in the letter: “We know that the climate crisis is happening right now and we need to confront it with a sense of urgency. Our goal is to decarbonize our transportation sector through an all-hands-on-deck approach that includes investment and incentives for both electric vehicles (EVs) and homegrown renewable fuels.”
The legislators specifically asked Schumer and Pelosi to consider including the Biofuel Infrastructure and Agricultural Product Market Expansion Act, Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act, Clean Fuels Vehicle Act, Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act, and enacting a long-term extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit in the budget legislation.
Full text of the letter can be found HERE and below.
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Cindy Axne is an Iowan, a small business owner, parent, community activist, and U.S. Representative from Iowa’s Third Congressional District.
Cindy is a fifth-generation Iowan who grew up on the south side of Des Moines. Cindy’s childhood included weekends and summers spent on her maternal grandparents’ farm in Warren County, 4-H activities, and playing 6-on-6 basketball for the Valley High Tigers. After graduating from Valley High in Des Moines, Cindy received a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Iowa. After undergrad, Cindy worked in strategic planning and leadership development for the Tribune Company in Chicago while earning an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
In 2007, when her older son started kindergarten, Cindy learned that full-day kindergarten was not available to every child in West Des Moines public schools, with eligibility determined by a lottery. Cindy was outraged at the inequity of the system and concerned that students were being shortchanged. She spent the following academic year advocating and negotiating with principals, the school board and the superintendent. After nearly a year, her efforts paid off and full-day kindergarten was made available to all students in the district.
Cindy is active in her church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and serves as a mentor with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa. She lives in West Des Moines with John and their teenage sons, Gunnar and Rafe.
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Cynthia Lynne Axne (//; née Wadle; born April 20, 1965) is an American businesswoman and politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Iowa’s 3rd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she defeated incumbent Republican David Young in the 2018 election. The district is anchored in the state capital, Des Moines; it includes much of the state’s southwest quadrant, including Council Bluffs. Following the defeat of Abby Finkenauer and the retirement of Dave Loebsack from Congress, Axne became the sole Democrat in Iowa’s delegation in 2021. She currently is the dean of Iowa’s delegation to the House of Representatives.
Early life and career
Axne was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1965, the daughter of Terry and Joanne Wadle. She graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.
After graduating from college, Axne worked in leadership development and strategic planning for the Tribune Company in Chicago. From 2005 through 2014, she worked in Iowa state government on service delivery in over 20 state agencies in the executive branch.
U.S. House of Representatives
Axne won the primary election with 57.91% of the vote. She defeated incumbent Representative David Young in the general election and became, along with Abby Finkenauer, one of the first two women from Iowa elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Young carried 15 of the district’s 16 counties, but Axne won Polk County, the most populous county in the district and home to Des Moines, by over 30,000 votes, far exceeding the overall margin of 8,000.
Axne won the Democratic primary virtually unopposed, only running against write-in candidates. She then went up against David Young in a rematch during the general election and narrowly won with 48.9% of the vote compared to Young’s 47.6%.
Axne took office amidst the 2018–2019 United States federal government shutdown and requested that her pay be withheld until the shutdown ended. On January 30, 2019, Axne co-sponsored a bill to prevent future federal government shutdowns from happening; the bill was titled Shutdown to End All Shutdowns (SEAS) Act.
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|Democratic||Eddie J. Mauro||14,582||26.33|
|Republican||David Young (incumbent)||167,933||47.1|
|Legal Marijuana Now||Mark Elworth Jr.||2,015||0.6|
|Democratic||Cindy Axne (incumbent)||76,681||99.2|
|Democratic||Cindy Axne (incumbent)||219,205||48.9|
|Libertarian||Bryan Jack Holder||15,361||3.4|
Axne and her husband John currently operate a digital design firm. They have two teenage sons and live in West Des Moines. Axne and her family are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines.
Axne is 6 feet (1.83 m) tall.
- Axne, Cindy [@axne4congress] (September 16, 2020). “Protecting Iowans’ health care should be a top priority for #IA03. That’s not rhetoric, that’s my record. In Congress, I’ve fought to lower costs of care, protect rural hospitals, expand telehealth, and I’ve NEVER voted to repeal protections for pre-existing conditions” (Tweet). Retrieved September 17, 2020 – via Twitter.
- “Candidate Conversation – Cindy Axne (D)”. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. August 31, 2018.
- “Three takeaways on Cindy Axne, 3rd District Democrat running for Congress”. The Des Moines Register. May 1, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- Mike Brownlee (June 2, 2017). “Democrat Cindy Axne looking to unseat David Young in Iowa congressional race | Politics”. Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- William Petroski (May 26, 2018). “What are the key issues for Cindy Axne, Democratic candidate for the 3rd District?”. The Des Moines Register.
- “Iowa’s 3rd District: Cindy Axne wins primary, will vie against GOP Rep. David Young”. The Des Moines Register. June 5, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- “Iowa voters elect female governor, 2 female U.S. representatives, record number of female lawmakers”. Des Moines Register. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
- “IA District 03”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
- “Primary Election – 2020 CANVASS SUMMARY” (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
- “General Election – 2020 Canvass Summary” (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State.
- Peterson, Mike (January 11, 2019). “Axne axes salary during shutdown”. KMAland.com. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
- Peterson, Mike (January 30, 2019). “Axne pushes government shutdown ban bill”. KMAland.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
- Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
- “Members”. New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- “June 5, 2018 Primary Election”. Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
- “Primary Election June 2, 2020 | United States Representative District 3 – Democratic”. Iowa Secretary of State.
- “Cindy Axne tells how she fought off would-be rapist in speech to Des Moines business leaders”. The Des Moines Register. October 2, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
A former West Des Moines Valley basketball player who stands six feet tall…
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
2018 US Senator
|Cindy Axne (D)||175,642||49.3%|
|David Young (R)||167,933||47.1%|
|Bryan Holder (L)||7,267||2%|
|Mark Elworth Jr ()||2,015||0.6%|
|Paul Knupp ()||1,888||0.5%|
|Joe Grandanette ()||1,301||04%|
AXNE, CINDY has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $8,502,783.
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Cindy spent a decade at the State of Iowa directing initiatives to help over twenty state agencies improve government services while saving Iowa taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Cindy is bringing the same approach to Washington by working on policies to make the federal government work better for less. Cindy has already introduced two pieces of legislation to root out waste, fraud and abuse in Washington. Cindy will focus on prioritizing ways to save taxpayer dollars, bring much-needed transparency in government spending and hold Washington accountable.
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Cindy is a 5th generation Iowan who grew up spending summers helping her grandparents farm soybeans, corn and hogs in Warren County. Cindy is proud to serve as a voice for Iowa farmers and rural communities as a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Agriculture is not only an economic driver and job creator in our state, but Iowa’s farmers and producers feed people here at home and around the world. Cindy knows that ensuring our agriculture industry thrives is not only beneficial for Iowa’s economy, but the entire country.
As a member of the Agriculture Committee, Cindy will work on policies to ensure trade agreements benefit Iowa farmers, open new markets for exports, expand access to rural broadband and invest in innovative technologies to help Iowa farmers become more efficient and remain globally competitive.
For more information concerning work and views related to Agriculture, please contact our office.
Economy & Jobs
Cindy ran for Congress to serve as a voice for hardworking Iowans and middle-class families, not to protect corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
As a small business owner, Cindy knows that we need to make it easier for our entrepreneurs and small business owners to succeed. Cindy knows when we help our small businesses, we help our communities and our families.
Cindy knows firsthand how red tape and government bureaucracy can stifle innovation and job growth. In Congress, she will look at ways to cut burdensome regulations and make it easier for entrepreneurs to access capital to create jobs across the state.
Whether you live in a metro area or a rural town, Cindy believes every Iowan should have access to a good-paying job. Cindy will invest in communities to expand 21st century economic opportunity in rural and metro areas.
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College Affordability and Skills Training
Cindy knows that we need to make college more affordable and help those currently strapped with student loan debt. College graduates owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loans nationwide. In Iowa, 65% of college students graduate with student loans, with an average of almost $30,000 of debt.
Cindy knows that our student loan crisis isn’t just hurting Iowa students, it’s hurting our economy. Iowans crippled with student loan debt are less likely to buy a home, start a small business, or even start a family. Cindy knows that we need to help recent graduates repay their loans.
Cindy also knows that college isn’t the only path to success. Cindy will make sure every Iowan has the skills they need for a good-paying job. Cindy knows that in today’s economy, investing in workforce development and lifelong learning helps grow our economy and create jobs.
In Congress, Cindy will focus on expanding access to community colleges and trade schools, as well as strengthening on-the-job training so every Iowan can compete in this economy and meet their professional goals.
For more information concerning work and views related to college affordability and skills training, please contact our office.
As a public -school graduate and mom of two boys in West Des Moines public schools, Cindy knows that a quality K-12 education is crucial to success.
When Cindy and her husband were getting ready to put their oldest son in kindergarten, they learned there was a lottery system in West Des Moines that determined which children could attend full-day kindergarten. She was outraged at the inequity in the system and spent the next year working with the school board to expand full-day kindergarten for every child in West Des Moines. In Washington, Cindy will fight to make sure children across Iowa and the country have access to full-day kindergarten.
For more information concerning work and views related to Education, please contact our office.
As a former Division Administrator at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Cindy recognizes the importance of conserving our environment, protecting our natural resources, and building resiliency to the effects of climate change.
At the Department of Management, Cindy directed the Governor’s Leadership Agenda for Energy Efficiency and Clean Environment where she helped bring Iowa’s wind energy industry to scale. Iowa is now a national leader in clean and renewable energy production.
Cindy knows that helping our renewable fuel producers become more competitive in the market will create jobs, protect our environment and strengthen our national security.
Cindy is committed to supporting investment and innovation in our clean and renewable fuel industry to drive economic development and job growth, move us towards a cleaner environment and reduce our reliance on foreign oil.
Cindy has seen firsthand the devastation that worsening floods, storms, and other effects of climate change are already having on Iowa. While working to curb greenhouse gas emissions and halt the growing threat of a warming planet, Cindy knows that we must also build up community and agricultural resiliency to withstand the new realities of our environment.
For more information concerning work and views related to Environment, please contact our office.
Cindy’s top priority in Congress is working to fix our broken health care system so that every Iowan has access to quality, affordable health care. Cindy will never let Washington go back to a time when Iowans with pre-existing conditions could be denied care.
In Congress, Cindy is committed to working with Democratic and Republican colleagues to put forward practical, bipartisan solutions to reduce costs, increase choice for consumers, lower the costs of prescription drugs, expand coverage across Iowa and streamline regulations for small businesses.
As a member of the Affordable and Accessible Health Care Task Force, Cindy is committed to advancing practical, bipartisan policies to improve our healthcare system.
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Cindy will fight to make sure that every senior can retire with dignity. Cindy believes that Social Security and Medicare are promises we made to our seniors who worked hard and earned these benefits. Cindy will fight in Washington to stop attempts to cut benefits for current and future retirees and attempts to privatize Medicare and Social Security.
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Cindy believes we owe no greater debt than to the men and women, and their families, who have served our country.
In Congress, Cindy will continue to fight to make sure Washington takes care of all of our veterans and their families. She will look at policies to ensure that veterans have the skills they need for good-paying jobs and access to quality, affordable health care.
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