US Rep. Hinson talks about national issues with local voters

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The United States Congresswoman for Iowa’s first district stated that now is an essential time to be serving Iowans in Washington, D.C.  Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) met with Marshall County Republicans on Friday afternoon at Legends American Grill to discuss her role as a representative. 

Hinson mentioned Afghanistan, the Mexico-US border, and federal government spending in the form of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package pushed by Democrats in Congress as examples of global and Washington D.C. crises. 

She believes it is past time to pressure President Joe Biden’s administration to explain the military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. She wants a complete list of US citizens currently in Afghanistan, specifics on a plan to bring US citizens and allies out, and a complete list of military jobs and assets left there. 

Hinson said there is also a vulnerability at the southern border. “I think those things are going to intersect and I think it’s going to be bad for safety and security for our country,” Hinson said. She wants the ability to properly track undocumented immigrants once they are released into the country. 

Hinson then addressed the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which she will be called to vote on in congress in the coming weeks. “It is the furthest move towards socialism we’ve ever seen in this country, and there’s no other way to put it,” she said. “The vast expansion of social programs we see as a part of these proposals, I’m just not sure if we’ll ever be able to recover from it.” 

The law aims to improve education, childcare jobs, and healthcare while also dealing with climate catastrophe. Universal preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds, two years of free community college, national paid family and medical leave, the addition of dental, vision, and hearing insurance to Medicare, and investments to reduce carbon emissions are all possible inclusions in the plan. 

Hinson fielded questions from the crowd, including one about President Biden’s newly signed executive order mandating the COVID-19 vaccine or regular COVID-19 testing for all enterprises with 100 or more employees. 

“I think I’ve heard more about this issue in the last 24 hours than I have almost any other issue in the past eight months,” Hinson said. “So the feedback has been fierce and fast.” 

She opposes the executive order, believing that taking the COVID-19 vaccine should be a personal decision. Hinson is considering all alternatives for the future and has spoken with Governor Kim Reynolds. The Republican National Committee intends to challenge the Biden Administration over the mandate, and Hinson anticipates that other people will follow suit. 

“I bet there are going to be several people who are going to sue when they are forced and accrue damage from their employer,” she said. 

State Senator Liz Mathis (D-Hiawatha) plans to run for Iowa’s first congressional district in the 2022 election, and Hinson addressed her. Hinson and Mathis used to work together at KWWL-TV in Waterloo, where they were both news anchors. 

“We actually overlapped for about a year at the same location,” Hinson said. “Our backgrounds on paper may look pretty similar, but our voting records are very different and what we stand for fundamentally. 

Source: Marshalltown Times Republican 

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