Iowa’s Delegation Weighs in on President Biden’s Address to Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some of the members of Congress from Iowa have released their statements following President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress Wednesday night.  

In a video, Republican Senator Joni Ernst says President Biden’s promise of bipartisanship and unity “rings hollow”.  She brought up the numerous executive actions that Biden signed on his first day in office. These include a reversal of Trump-era policy at the U.S.-Mexican border, a transition to electric vehicles that Ernst says will harm Iowa’s biofuels industry, and jobs lost due to the cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline. 

“Iowans are tired of the partisan bickering in Washington and the radical ideas of the liberal left,” Ernst said. “They want Congress to work together on real issues that will improve the lives of all Americans.”  

You can watch Ernst’s full statement below:

Iowa’s other Republican senator, Chuck Grassley, released a written statement saying in part: 

“President Biden is only 100 days in, so there’s plenty of time for him to turn things around and make good on his campaign promise to unite the country. I’d still like to work with the president and his administration to lower prescription drug prices and further reform the criminal justice system.” 

Grassley goes on to say that he remembers Biden as a leader capable of being a bipartisan dealmaker, but is unsure if “his left-wing base” will let him. 

Randy Feenstra, a Republican who represents Iowa’s fourth congressional district, also released a written statement. In it, he says supports the Biden administration taking action on broadband expansion, affordable child care, and infrastructure but says, “I do not believe the best way to address these issues is to spend $6 trillion on unrelated measures and drastically raise taxes on businesses to redistribute wealth.” 

Addressing the crisis at the Southern border, Feenstra said, “Biden has clearly created a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Now, he is refusing to fix it — putting both Americans and migrants at risk.” 

Rep. Ashley Hinson of District 2 wrote, in part, “I never expected to agree with the President on everything. But I did hope he would lay out solutions to the challenges Iowa’s small business owners, farmers, families, and workers face each day.”

Iowa’s lone Democrat in the House of Represenatives, Cindy Axne of the third district, tweeted her thoughts. In a couple, she wrote, “I am ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, the Biden Administration, and all Iowans to continue that work: to finally defeat COVID-19, create good-paying jobs, revitalize our infrastructure and local economies, support our working families and farmers…lower the costs of education and prescription drugs, invest in renewable energy and American manufacturing, expand access to broadband and child care, tackle generational crises like climate change, and much more.”

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