| Sami Gilkes

Ernst is Hard at Work for Iowa

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is fighting for Iowa in more ways than one. On her 99 County Tour, Ernst listened to the matters Iowans care about most and is acting on them in DC and the Hawkeye State.

In Washington, DC, Sen. Ernst is pushing legislation to crackdown on illegal robocalls.
Ernst signed on as a cosponsor to a bipartisan bill that will give authorities the tools they need to enforce telemarketing rules against scammers and robocallers.

Back in Iowa, she is lending a hand where she can. On her tour across Iowa, Sen. Ernst made a couple stops in Davenport and Council Bluffs, both of which have recently been affected by devastating floods. After touring Western Iowa with Vice President Mike Pence and getting a first hand look at the flood damage and recovery efforts, Ernst was inspired by what she saw and said:

“The Iowans that I see, they step up and they’re helping their neighbors.”

In the wake of Iowa’s flood damage, Sen. Ernst has voiced how important it is to put party politics aside and provide aid when it is needed most.

Next on her 99 County Tour, Sen. Ernst headed to Le Mars to visit a local nursing care facility, the Good Samaritan Society Center. She heard directly from administrators the challenges they face in providing help to Iowans who need it. Care facilities across the state sometimes struggle, and then as a result, costs fall on the care facilities and family members. While discussing the facility’s financial struggles Sen. Ernst said:

“To make up for that shortfall, what are the ways we can close those gaps? That is a real challenge with a lot of the care facilities that we see across the state. I understand we want quality care for our seniors. How do we make that happen?”

Sen. Ernst is working to answer that question by providing family caregivers with the support they need in Iowa and across the country. A bill cosponsored by Sen. Ernst would give these families financial relief in the form of a tax credit.

Sen. Ernst has listened to the people of Iowa, working to alleviate the problems they face. From robocallers, to disaster relief, to family caregiving, Sen. Ernst is determined to fight for Iowa, and she is not done yet.