Rep. Cindy Axne hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Waukee. The meeting, which was made up of attendees from both Dallas County and surrounding communities, began with the congresswoman’s update on areas she has assisted with in Congress. She also addressed topics such as equal pay for women in the workplace, trade schools and apprenticeship programs and her intent to bring internet access to all families throughout her district.
“I’m standing up loud and proud about the issues that we’re facing here, whether it’s making sure that every single person in this district has access to the internet through fiber and broadband,” Axne said. “Just this morning I came off of two meetings with the FCC Commissioner. We visited with folks in Indianola and then in Winterset to figure out how we’re going to close this gap, to make sure that every single person in our district has as much opportunity as anybody else that lives in this country.”
Axne then went on to address the cost of prescription medicine, along with the need for more physicians in Iowa. She not only anticipates a major physician shortage coming up soon but is also working to help increase the number of residency spots throughout the state.
“I’m asking to increase the number of residency slots here in Iowa because the formula isn’t working for us. All of our slots get filled but there’s other states where they don’t get filled,” Axne said. “We’re pushing every agenda to make sure that we can help folks in this district and across the state with their healthcare issues.”
As part of the town hall forum, Axne also answered questions submitted from present community members. These questions covered topics such as controlling the national debt, mental health in regards to veterans and how climate change affects the local community, to name a few.
“We’ve got major issues here that are impacting not just our infrastructure but people’s livelihoods,” Axne said. “It’s really important that shareholders and consumers understand the impact of climate change on the products and companies that they’re using.”
One of the other questions posed to Axne was related to the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“Listen, first and foremost. As much as my job is dedicated to helping the people here in Iowa, and that’s my priority, I took an oath and swore that I would protect the constitution,” Axne said.
She went to add that she is “here working for all of you.”
“And, I honestly don’t care whose sitting in the Oval office as long as they’re doing right by the people here in this country,” Axne said. “But we have a president who self admitted that he went to the Ukrainian government and asked them to interfere in our 2020 election. That is an abuse of powers. That is against the law.”
The congresswoman opened the floor to comments while addressing her district’s concerns. She, then, ended the town hall meeting by talking with individuals interested in discussing their questions further.
“We’ve got young people who are leaving Iowa. We’ve got small towns that are declining heavily in population, and they’re not getting the support that they need. So I’m taking every turn that I can to make sure that Iowa actually has a voice and gets these resources because we deserve it, and we do so much good for this country,” Axne said.
The town hall meeting took place at the Waukee Community Center, lasting close to an hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.