Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland congressman John Delaney toured the devastated home of Fran and Jason Parr and their two children in Pacific Junction Tuesday.
The family was displaced after historic Iowa flooding in March. Delaney and the family discussed various housing options: Rebuilding versus a possible government buyout.
Federal Emergency Management Agency provided relief funds to save the structure of the house, but Fran Parr said the property is in limbo.
“We’re preserving the option to rebuild,” she said. “We’re still deciding since we have two young kids. We’ve got to get on with life.”
During his tour, Delaney spoke on his policies and plans to strengthen infrastructure, the environment and the economy if he was elected president.
“I plan on being a responsible president, and what a responsible president does is deal with the issues that are affecting the American people today and also deal with issues in the future,” Delaney said.
Delaney said he would seek to enhance infrastructure to endure harsher weather patterns or storms and put a price on carbon emissions, he said.
His long-term environment plans include investing in renewable energy and new technologies.
Delaney said he would end the trade war because it hurts farmers and the economy, work with allies of the United States to deal with China and promote capital budgeting in the private sector to set aside money for disaster relief efforts.
“Whether it’s the storms of Katrina, the super storm Sandy that hit the east coast or the flooding that hit Iowa and Nebraska,” he said. “It’s a responsibility of the federal government to step forward and help communities when they’ve been devastated. It’s a form of social insurance in many ways.”
Delaney ended his tour at the Council Bluffs Democratic Central Committee Meeting Tuesday night at the Council Bluffs Public Library.