The 2021 Legislative Session must stay focused on long-term pandemic recovery efforts to get Iowa’s economy rolling again. 

Our Build Back Iowa plan will provide relief and help families, small businesses, students, and our dedicated health care workers recover. 

House Democrats are ready to work together to get the pandemic under control and provide the balanced, responsible leadership that Iowans deserve.

Kids Back to Schools Safely 

  • Give schools tools to get kids back to school safely (HF 659

  • Student Pandemic Recovery Grants available for the next three years to students at public schools; $200 million available for efforts like mental health, academic support, or before/after school care (HF 659

Support Iowa Families

  • Food security for every family (HF 609)

  • Homeowner or rental assistance for 15,000 Iowans and extend prohibition on evictions until 2022 (HF 657)

  • Pandemic assistance for child care to families and providers 

    • Grants to open new licensed child care centers and financial support to keep current centers open

    • Expand eligibility and support for Child Care Assistance (CCA) (HF 613)

    • End cliff effect for child/dependent care tax credit (HF 668)

    • Tax credit for small business that provide child care (HF 617)

Open/Reopen Small Businesses

  • Expand eligibility and help another 5,000 small businesses stay open/reopen with $100 million for Iowa Small Business Relief Grant program (HF 608)

Protecting Iowans from COVID

  • Make telehealth parity permanent for mental and physical health (HF 612)

  • Free COVID testing and vaccine available in all 99 counties (HF 687)

Accountability & Transparency  

  • Protecting workers on the front lines while holding bad actors accountable (HF 689)

  • Transparency and accountability of taxpayer dollars spent on COVID response and recovery (HF 689)