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.
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In honor of all of this year’s graduates, I am proud to recognize the Class of 2020 across Iowa’s Third Congressional District as our Iowans of the Week. As we near the end of the semester for thousands of students, I ask that you all join me in taking a moment to acknowledge their accomplishments over the course of the year and congratulate them on this achievement as they move forward in their lives and toward their next endeavors.
Washington D.C. — Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to pass a package of appropriations bills and tax extenders, investing in key programs that help Iowans and provides funding certainty for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020.
WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), helped introduce the Leveraging Effective Apprenticeships to Rebuild National Skills (LEARNS) Act. The LEARNS Act would increase the number of skilled workers in the United States and strengthen registered apprenticeship programs as an effective earn-and-learn model for students, workers, and employers.
WASHINGTON – Last night, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) praised House passage of three pieces of health care legislation that will work to lower the high cost of prescription drugs, reauthorize funding for the nursing programs, and improve options for end of life care.
Over the last district work period, I had the great privilege of traveling throughout the Third District and meeting with folks in every corner of Southwest Iowa. With 95 total stops, I visited 16 counties, 28 towns, held 10 town halls and traveled more than 1,000 miles to connect with you. I'm grateful to everyone who took the time to meet with me.
I wanted to update you on some of the stops I made and what I heard from Iowans during the past six weeks.