DYERSVILLE, Iowa (KWWL) - Iowa District 1 Congresswoman, Abby Finkenauer, visited rural Dubuque County to discuss the need for better infrastructure in rural areas.
Finkenauer is leading the push for Congress to pass the INVEST In America Act. The bill is expected to move to the House Floor for continued discussion.
Some of the points featured in the bill include expansion for homegrown biofuel, broadband internet improvement, safe sidewalk access for students living in rural communities, and improving bridges and stormwater management in rural communities.
If passed, Iowa would receive $4 billion in federal grant funding over the course of four years. The bill would provide nearly $500 billion for similar communities across the country for five years.
Finkenauer said rural communities are often forgotten about when it comes to making infrastructure improvements. She said Iowa is among one of the worst states in the country for quality roads and bridges.
"When again, when you're talking about the number of deficient bridges in our state, so many of them are in rural areas who just haven't had the funding to get them fixed," said Finkenauer. "And I was tired of seeing my state get overlooked and ignored for too many years."
Finkenauer believes it is possible more people may relocate to rural communities as a result of pandemic-related concerns. She said now is the time for these communities to prepare for the potential growth of residents.
"It'll be huge for our communities like Peosta and Dyersville for example, who want and desperately need that," said Finkenauer. "And for some of our other communities who haven't been growing as well as Peosta and Dyersville but are hoping to bring people back home."
Finkenauer said she expects the bipartisan bill to be passed within the following weeks.