Show Iowans the Money: Ahead of Trip to Flood-Affected Counties, Axne Unveils Iowa Flood Funding Tracker to Hold Government Accountable

December 13, 2019
Press Release
Spending numbers come from November demand for update from federal agencies prior to town halls in flood-affected Mills, Pottawattamie Counties

Des Moines, IA — Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced the creation of a new Iowa Flood Funding Tracker for constituents to track updates on disaster relief funding being spent in Iowa after disastrous flooding earlier this year. The tracker will boost transparency and hold our federal agencies accountable by allowing Iowans to see directly where the funding that was approved by Congress is being spent.

The documents provided in the tracker are the first batch of updates from three federal agencies that Rep. Axne demanded last month provide specific updates on the disaster relief funding being spent in Iowa.

“I am pleased to launch the Iowa Flood Funding Tracker today to ensure transparency and allow Iowans to see where federal agencies are spending relief dollars in the flood-affected areas of Iowa,” said Rep. Cindy Axne. “While Congress has ensured this funding is available, I still hear from constituents that flood areas are not getting the assistance they need. I will continue to hold federal agencies accountable — demanding they ‘show Iowans the money’ — and update our tracker to ensure the information is public for all to see.”

The letters released on the tracker today include updates provided from the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The tracker is available on the Congresswoman’s official website at: https://axne.house.gov/disaster

Tomorrow, Rep. Cindy Axne will host two “Connect with your Congresswoman” (CWYC) town halls in Fremont and Pottawattamie counties, and will provide constituents at those town halls with updates on flooding recovery dollars being spent in their area.

“I look forward to hearing from my constituents directly tomorrow about their experience navigating this recovery process — and providing them with this update,” said Rep. Cindy Axne. “As this recovery continues, I will continue working to get answers and make this process easier.”

In November, the House passed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Axne to modernize federal disaster recovery programs, ensure funds appropriated by Congress are delivered to disaster victims in a timely manner, and protect taxpayer dollars by increasing safeguards against misuse of program resources.

In May, the House passed H.R. 2157 – Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 – which Rep. Axne successfully amended to increase funding for programs vital to Iowa. President Trump signed that bill into effect on June 7th, effectively making funds available for disaster recovery programs available that day.