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.
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With most Iowa schools set to resume instruction next week, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) today wrote to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to urge her to deploy all available resources to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom, including the federal funds designated for that purpose which the State of Iowa rejected earlier this year.
Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to approve and advance a package of seven appropriations bills to fund investments ranging from public health and safety initiatives to expansions of federal support for broadband, skills training, and rural communities.
The legislation includes multiple provisions that Rep. Axne worked to secure over the first half of 2021, including direct funding for nine projects across Iowa’s Third Congressional District and provisions to prevent closures or delivery service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) named Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) the Co-Chair of the Rural Reinvestment Task Force, a new group aimed at developing and advancing policy solutions that will support rural communities across the U.S.
Last week, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) co-led the introduction of legislation to ensure every child in America has access to high-quality full-day kindergarten, a cause she originally championed in West Des Moines, Iowa when her oldest child was denied that option at their local school district.
Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to send the American Rescue Plan, the COVID-19 relief deal that Congress has crafted over the past month, to the President’s desk to become law.
The comprehensive legislation aimed at tackling the health and economic crises still facing Iowa and the United States includes multiple provisions championed by Rep. Axne, and billions of dollars in direct support for Iowa’s families, workers, and communities.
Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced her intention to vote for the American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive relief bill aimed at helping Iowans in need and accelerating efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
The legislation includes an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits, a new round of direct payments, expansions of the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and direct relief to help Iowa’s renters, homeowners, small businesses, schools, and child care providers.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) to encourage K-12 schools to have trained personnel in asthma and allergy management and emergency response.
The School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act will help provide asthma and allergy grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to train school administrative staff and school nurses in the use of emergency medications to treat asthma and anaphylaxis.
Teachers were feeling stressed out even before the pandemic began, and their anxieties have exploded as lawmakers and school leaders debate whether to launch in-person classes this fall.