Friday, April 30, 2021

Iowa's congressional delegation comments on Biden's first 100 days in office

(Radio Iowa) - The two Republicans from Iowa who serve in the U.S. Senate say President Biden hasn't followed up on his campaign pledge to pursue bipartisan solutions. Senator Chuck Grassley says the Biden presidency is only 100 days old, so there's plenty of time for Biden to be more like the bipartisan dealmaker Grassley worked with when Biden was in the U.S. Senate.

"I liked Senator Biden," Grassley says. "I don't quite see the President Biden operating like the Senator Biden did."

Grassley says he'd like to collaborate with Biden on criminal justice reform and on lowering prescription drug prices.

"I agree with him on some of his policy," Grassley says, "but he wants to spend too much money."

Senator Joni Ernst is also criticizing Biden's spending plans.

"President Biden is blowing up a traditionally bipartisan issue, infrastructure, and is looking to pass a partisan, over $2 trillion package," Ernst said.

Ashley Hinson, the Republican from Marion who is Iowa's first district congresswoman, was among the small audience in the House for President Biden's speech Wednesday night. Hinson says the speech was filled with free stuff and a lot of fluff.

"I think it's unfortunate that he chose instead of trying to bring our party together and bring our country together, he chose to continue with more of the same," Hinson says, "which is reckless spending, ignoring rural America and ignoring the crisis at our border."

Hinson says she opposes the big government solutions Biden is proposing.

"I keep hearing ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching," Hinson says. "These plans sound really expensive and we haven't been brought to the table to have many discussions on these issues."

While Hinson watched the speech from the House balcony, second district Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Republican from Ottumwa, was on the House floor and talked briefly with Biden after the speech. Miller-Meeks says the president's remarks were well-toned, but Miller-Meeks says she is discouraged by some of Biden's proposals and hasn't seen much of the bipartisanship Biden promised in his inaugural address. Fourth district Congressman Randy Feenstra of Hull, the other Republican in Iowa's delegation, says the Biden Administration has been highly-partisan and its policies will send the country into a debt-spiral. Third district Congresswoman Cindy Axne of West Des Moines, the only Democrat in Iowa's DC delegation, says Biden has delivered vital relief funds and over 200 million vaccinations in his first 100 days in office and she says the president's infrastructure package will bring new jobs and revitalize the economy.

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