U.S. Representative David Young (3rd Congressional District of Iowa) stopped by the Corning office of Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative on April 5, 2016. He thanked our linemen for the exceptional work they do throughout the year to provide safe and reliable electric power to our members. His visit was timely as National Lineman Appreciation Day is being celebrated by us on April 11, 2016. Congressman Young provided a legislative update to the employees and also answered a variety of questions about current political matters of interest.
Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative linemen then showed Congressman Young the various pieces of safety equipment and clothing that they use to perform their jobs, even dressing the Congressman up in typical linemen gear and taking him up in the basket to get a lineman’s view of the world.
Congressman Young was asked to help keep rural America strong by ensuring that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Electric Loan Program is adequately funded. This program allows electric cooperatives like Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative to maintain critical infrastructure at a reasonable cost.
Congressman Young was also asked to support the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is an essential program that delivers aid to our nation’s most vulnerable people, including senior citizens on fixed incomes and other members of Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative who often lack the resources to adequately heat and cool their homes.
Thank you, Congressman Young, for taking the time to visit Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative, show appreciation for our linemen, and listen to our concerns.