August 18 – PELLA – On a sunny Wednesday morning, Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) traveled to Pella for a field trip to the National Home Builders Association.
She traveled with Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), as well as American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall.
The visit was part of a tour in which officials spoke out against the Biden administration’s recent decision to rescind the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
All three are members of the Congressional Western Caucus, and they have spoken publicly about maintaining the rule to protect navigable waters.
Elected officials had the opportunity to tour a house under construction while discussing with stakeholders on issues related to housing.
For Miller-Meeks, she said that one of the most notable results of the pandemic is that it has strengthened how communities can work together while living in small rural areas.
According to the Des Moines register, the population of Pella has increased by 1%. As more people live in the area, Miller-Meeks said it was important for workers to have access to more affordable housing.
“We keep hearing that housing is a problem in attracting new workers,” Miller-Meeks said. “You can’t grow your business if you don’t have the workforce to do these jobs.”
In addition to attracting more employers, Miller-Meeks said more affordable housing in Pella would help keep young people in Iowa.
“We want people to come here, we wouldn’t be able to keep up with the population of our state and we wouldn’t be able to keep the young people who are here,” Miller-Meeks said. “They won’t do it if they don’t find a suitable home within the limits of what they’re looking for.”
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