Four Topics We Communicate to Presidential Candidates

May 31, 2019

Iowans are used to a never-ending election season. It’s not unusual to hear from or see several presidential candidates in our state in one week. Iowa completes the first round of “interviews” of candidates for president on behalf of the nation.

The Economic Alliance sees great opportunity with this privilege to drive issues with federal policy and influence their decisions. Whether it’s a small group setting, town hall or a neighborhood dinner, there are four topics things we communicate to presidential candidates: immigration, infrastructure and trade.

Here are some quick message points to echo when you have the opportunity to communicate directly with a presidential candidate, regardless of party. These can be touched on with any federal office holder or candidate, not just presidential candidates.

  • Immigration: Support immigration policies and programs that ensure skilled, qualified workers continue to have the ability to live and work in the United States. This includes immigration reform that streamline work and school visa programs to allow more workers to enter and stay in the U.S., a national employment verification (e-verify) system that is workable for employers and reaching a permanent solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA or Dreamers).
  • Infrastructure: Support infrastructure policies that encourage high-quality and reliable transportation systems. Long-term and reliable funding is essential for our infrastructure investments and regional growth. This includes highway, as well as broadband investment.
  • Trade: Support trade policies that make it easier for Iowa small business owners, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and farmers to sell their products abroad by eliminating taxes, tariffs and other trade barriers on American goods. This includes supporting the passage of the USMCA trade deal that updates the NAFTA deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada.
  • Another important topic brought up when we are given the opportunity, is to encourage civil discourse in our political debates and bring an end to the ultra-partisanship seen so often today. The Economic Alliance supports First Amendment rights for all people and encourages elected officials, candidates and citizens to be civil in discussions and debates on policy issues and political opinions. We are committed to leading by example.

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