WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, continued to stress what she is hearing from Iowans during a press briefing on Tuesday: additional COVID-19 relief is needed during this pandemic. She encouraged Democrats and Republicans to cooperate to get a deal done.
“We know that our small businesses are hurting, we have childcare centers that are closing, we really need to step in as Congress and make sure we are supporting our constituents, the best we can we do have a targeted relief bill that has been presented,” she said.
“Regardless of how we ended up getting this done. I do think that it is important that we get this done. So we’ll continue to work on that. I encourage our Democratic friends to come back to the table to work with us on these issues. And let’s get this deal done before the end of the year,” Ernst added.
Ernst also highlighted the work she is doing to secure our supply chain and reduce dependency on Communist China—including her latest effort, the Mobilize AMERICA Act, which would provide a significant incentive for the private sector to on-shore and increase domestic manufacturing of critical medical supplies.
She said supply chain issues had plagued the United States during the pandemic, and Congress needs to ensure that Americans have the pharmaceuticals they need and that health care workers have the personal protective equipment they need.
Ernst encouraged a bipartisan effort to pass her bill as well.