i9 Fact Checker: Finkenauer introduced bipartisan bills
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to note that two of Rep. Finkenauer’s bills were rolled into larger bills to become law. An earlier version said none of the bills became law.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Democratic Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer is running for reelection in Iowa’s First District against State Representative Republican Ashley Hinson. Finkenauer tries to appeal as bipartisan in a race where The Cook Report ranks the district as a toss-up
Source: The ad is from the Abby Finkenauer campaign and is called “Effective”.
Claim #1: “She works with Democrats and Republicans, as a result, she’s introduced over 20 bipartisan bills in congress.”
Here is a list of 32 bills Congresswoman Finkenauer has introduced into the house. We’ve underlined those bills, which had a Republican co-sponsor. Only 3 of the 32 passed the house, but none became law or even passed the Senate. However, several of these bills were later included in other bills that did pass the House and three became law, which are noted with a *.
1. H.R. 8535: To amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 to direct the Secretary of Education to award grants for new agricultural education programs in secondary schools
2. H.R. 8339: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny the deduction for advertising and promotional expenses for prescription drugs.
3. H.R. 8326 CED Act
4. H.R. 8314 Disaster Relief Act
5. H.R. 7964 Peer Support for Veteran Families Act
6. H.R 7909 Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers are Safe Act of 2020
7. H.R. 7773 Unlocking Opportunities in Emerging Markets Act of 2020
8. H.R. 7683 ACCESS Act
9. H.R. 7630 COACH Act
10. H.R. 7452 Relief for Rural Borrowers Act
11. H.R. 7386 HOMES Act of 2020
12. H.R. 7097 Stop Swaps, Protect Local Jobs Act
13. H.R 6973 PPE Act
14. H.R. 6815 Tenant Protection Notification Act of 2020
15. H.R. 6753 Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Extension Act of 2020
16. H.R. 6671 Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020
17. *H.R. 6345 STEP Reimbursement Act of 2020
18. H.R. 6151 Caring For Kids Act
19. H.R. 6133 Step Improvement Act of 2020
20. H.R. 5743 Protecting the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area Act
21. H.R 5669 Secure Small Business Act
22. H.R. 5007 Farmers' Access to Resources and Machinery Act
23. H.R. 4951 Fixing America’s Bridges Act
24. H.R. 4342 Reducing Extra Teaching Authentication Impacting New teachers Act
25. H.R. 4338 Rural Road Safety Act
26. H.R. 4110 Helping Communities Invest in Infrastructure Act
27. H.R. 4024 Broadband Transparency and Accountability Act of 2019
28. H.R. 3445 To amend title XVII of the Social Security Act to extend the work geographic index floor under the Medicare program
29. H.R. 3302 Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019
30. H.R. 3181 Military Readiness and Cost Savings Act
31. *H.R. 2089 Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019
32. *H.R. 246 Stimulating Innovation through Procurement Act of 2019
Conclusion: 23 different bills had at least one Republican representative listed as a co-sponsor. Sometimes the Republican was a non-voting member from a territory like American Samoa.
23 is more than 20 and is why this claim gets an A.
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