Government Reform

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.

 

  • Rep. Axne joined colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Reining in Irresponsible Decorating Expenses (RIIDE) Act, to put an end to excessive and frivolous government spending.

 

  • The House passed the Axne-sponsored bipartisan Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act of 2019. This legislation would streamline the outdated and burdensome federal grant process, making it easier and cheaper for Iowans to apply for grants and allow taxpayers to better track government spending.

 

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More on Government Reform

April 24, 2019 Event

Come meet Cindy this Saturday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mount Ayr Public Library in Mount Ayr! Cindy will be available to answer questions about her work in Washington and to discuss issues or concerns facing your community.

Having a problem with a federal agency? Have questions about a government program? Applying to a military service academy? Members from Cindy’s staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework concerns.

April 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to pass H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, to restore popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses.

Net neutrality protects access to an open internet by prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to Internet websites. These protections support competition and allow consumers unfettered access to content.

April 8, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced legislation that would ensure Iowa is included in any new emergency disaster supplemental funding legislation following the Senate’s failure to move forward a $13 billion appropriations bill last week. Specifically, the bill would ensure that the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program (WHIP) is amended to include Iowa flooding. This legislative change would authorize Iowa to access funding for programs to help rebuild communities suffering due to flooding that occurred in Iowa in the calendar year 2019. The legislation is similar to an amendment Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) offered to the Senate bill which stalled last week.
April 6, 2019 Event

Come meet Cindy this Saturday, April 6 at 10:15 a.m. at the Taylor County Historical Museum in Bedford! Cindy will be available to answer questions about her work in Washington and to discuss issues or concerns facing your community.

Having a problem with a federal agency? Have questions about a government program? Applying to a military service academy? Members from Cindy’s staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework concerns.

April 6, 2019 Event

Come meet Cindy this Saturday, April 6 at 12:15 p.m. at the Depot Deli in Shenandoah! Cindy will be available to answer questions about her work in Washington and to discuss issues or concerns facing your community.

Having a problem with a federal agency? Have questions about a government program? Applying to a military service academy? Members from Cindy’s staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework concerns.

April 5, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Following a request to House and Senate leadership to immediately pass a disaster supplemental appropriations bill, Rep. Axne called for funding for specific federal relief programs for Iowa. In a letter sent today to House appropriators, Rep. Axne identified specific programs to help Iowa recover from the estimated $1.57 billion in damages. Additionally, Rep. Axne requested Congress identify ways to improve communication and notification systems with the Army Corp of Engineers and Iowa communities.
April 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) urged House and Senate leadership to immediately pass a disaster relief bill that fully funds recovery programs for all affected areas, including Iowa. In a letter sent to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep.

April 4, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) praised House passage of the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which included the Axne STOP grant amendment. The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which Rep. Axne co-sponsored on March 7, will support key provisions of the landmark legislation, provide additional resources and address gaps in current law to better protect women in Iowa and across the country from violence. The bill now heads to the Senate.
April 4, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) successfully amended the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to include a provision to increase grant funding for local law enforcement, state agencies and community organizations to better combat and prosecute violence against women. The Axne amendment increases funding for STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) grants from $40 to $60 million annually. The House is expected to pass VAWA with the inclusion of the Axne amendment later today.
April 4, 2019 In The News

Raccoon Valley Radio, Sam McIntosh, April 4, 2019

While Iowans recover from March’s flooding, U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (D) is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to authorize emergency relief programs to assist farmers impacted.

President Trump’s disaster declaration allowed for the USDA to authorize specific recovery programs, for which they announced the authorizing for Nebraska farmers on March 25th. Axne wrote to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting they authorize the programs in Iowa as well.