UFCW Local 431 President Simplice Mabiala Kuelo and members recently attended a White House “Communities in Action” event that highlighted the Biden Administration’s economic investments in Iowa. Kuelo and UFCW Local 431 members Emillie Wa Kabatshi Mbimbu and Carl McGrone shared the positive impacts the Farm and Food Worker Grant has had on the local’s members. They also discussed how funding from the American Rescue Plan, including the child care tax credit, benefitted UFCW members.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack also attended the event and provided information about investments in Iowa, including $25 million for a critical road development project in Waterloo. Event participants were excited to hear about how more than $55 million is being invested in broadband infrastructure in Iowa, as well as the $53.4 million in funds to improve access to clean drinking water. Further, they expressed appreciation for the $67+ million investment in infrastructure that will go towards updating and improving Iowa’s roads and bridges. Finally, they were excited to hear about how the Biden Administration has worked to lower both utility costs and the price of solar panels.
“Overall, it was a visit we will never forget,” said Kuelo. “We are excited to get the word out to UFCW Local 431 members about the ‘Bidenomics’ that are helping across this country.”
UFCW Locals 791, 1189 and 1473 attended Communities in Action events earlier this year. The White House is planning to hold more Communities in Action events in the future and the Legislative and Political Action Department will notify locals when there is an event for your state.