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As a child who was raised in poverty and knows what it is like to sit around the kitchen table and have to choose between paying the bills and putting food on the table, Dave has long believed that his most important priority is to help foster an environment that creates jobs and grows the economy here at home. That means building a strong economic environment in order to expand the middle class in Iowa. Small businesses and manufacturing companies are important job creators here in Iowa. Dave has consistently worked to provide Iowa businesses with skilled labor and resources that are needed to succeed in the 21st century economy.

To help ensure our hardworking men and women have access to the training necessary for the jobs that are available, Dave worked to get large segments of his bill, the SECTORS Act, signed into law. This legislation closes the gap between the kinds of skills that workers already have and the skills that growing businesses require, creating more opportunities for work.

Across Iowa, small businesses make up over 97% of all businesses and nearly half of all Iowans are employed by small businesses. It is vitally important that Congress work to support small businesses as our nation continues to recover. As a member of the Congressional Small Business Caucus, Dave has worked to give small businesses tax relief  and access to investment to ensure they have what they need to grow, hire, and invest in our communities.

Manufacturers are also major employers in Southeast Iowa. The Second Congressional District is home to a number of large manufacturing companies as well as countless small and midsize companies. As a member of the House Manufacturing Caucus, Dave has helped introduce legislation, such as the Investing in America's Small Manufacturers Act, which would support manufacturing in Iowa.
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