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.

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More on Government Reform

July 7, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) added the newly disclosed data on recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to her Iowa COVID-19 Response Tracker, bringing the total of tracked taxpayer funding spent combating coronavirus in Iowa to over $10.27 billion.

June 17, 2020 Press Release
“Right now, there is insufficient transparency for a program that’s loaned $510 billion in taxpayer dollars to help our most vulnerable businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic and its economic burdens,” Rep. Axne said. “As I said last week, the idea that we would get no details on how $500 billion of federal aid is being spent is simply unacceptable. Ensuring that PPP is effective in reaching those who need it most requires disclosure of how this money is being spent, and I’m confident that measures are available for Treasury and the SBA to allow for more transparency and accountability while preserving that balance.”
June 12, 2020 Press Release
“In Iowa’s most recent election, we saw record turnout despite a widespread health crisis in large part thanks to universal distribution of absentee ballot requests by state election officials. But now, even as our public health officials have made it clear that coronavirus will not be completely gone by November, the Iowa Senate has advanced a measure that outlaws that proactive outreach. This could force vulnerable Iowans to choose between their health and their inalienable right to vote this fall, and it amounts to blatant voter suppression. I’m glad that members of the Iowa House of Representatives have removed that outright restriction in their version of the bill, and I’m calling on state legislative leaders and Governor Reynolds to approve a final version of this election bill that protects Iowans’ right to safely vote. I also urge Secretary of State Pate to affirm, for the sake of Iowans who remain at an elevated risk for coronavirus, that he will employ a similar outreach program this fall to protect Iowa voters.”
June 10, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced that she is cosponsoring the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a comprehensive piece of legislation that will improve accountability and data collection for police misconduct, ban the use of chokeholds and other dangerous tactics, require racial discrimination training and the creation of department accreditation standards, and empower communities to confront systemic racism and racial bias in public safety institutions.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced the addition of $215,378,024 to her Iowa COVID-19 Response Tracker after receiving a breakdown of federal funding received by the Iowa Department of Human Services last week.

With the addition of these funding details, the tracker now includes details for how nearly $9.5 billion have been spent in Iowa in response to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis.

June 2, 2020 Press Release
We must face the broken and racist systems that failed George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others head on. As a representative for hundreds of thousands of Iowans, including many who have made their voices heard this past week, I am committed to hearing their cries and working as their public servant to advance meaningful reforms to dismantle any and all engines of hate and bigotry in America.
May 29, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) led nine other members of the House Financial Services Committee in a letter to leaders of the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to share concerns and seek improvements to the communication, distribution, and financial costs of economic impact payment (EIP) debit cards.

May 27, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced the launch of her Iowa COVID-19 Response Tracker, a clearinghouse of data that details how many taxpayer dollars have been spent in Iowa in response to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis.

May 26, 2020 Press Release
“Last year’s flooding devastated our rural communities and left the families with these properties in western Fremont County inundated with more than 8 feet of water for a long time – crippling their ability to heal and get back to normal,” said Rep. Axne. “With this critical funding, we can give these Iowans a fresh start by buying out their damaged properties at their original value. I’m glad to see this additional assistance coming to help our families stay on the road to full recovery.”
May 25, 2020 Page
Four different phases of bipartisan relief have been approved by Congress to help Iowa respond to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in our communities – and it is crucial that Iowans can account for how much aid has come to our state. As federal and state agencies respond to my requests for information, I will post their data and responses here for all Iowans to see. – Congresswoman Cindy Axne