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U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with Governor Kim Reynolds, welcomed Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to Iowa on Friday to participate in a discussion with faith leaders from around the state and a roundtable with food and agriculture leaders focused on safely ensuring a secure food supply chain.

“Today, I was pleased to have Vice President Pence and Secretary Perdue back in our great state to hear directly from Iowans. Folks from across Iowa have faced challenges during this pandemic—from the ministers in our places of worship to our farmers and grocers who work hard every day to keep food in our stores and on our tables,” said Senator Ernst. “There’s no question we’re taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to tackle this pandemic—from our federal partners to our state and local leaders across Iowa. As the Vice President said today, together, we are going to get through this.”

“I appreciate Vice President Pence and Secretary Perdue visiting Iowa today and taking time to hear how the crisis is affecting our state. We had productive conversations with Iowans whose daily lives have been significantly disrupted by this pandemic. We were able to speak with leaders in our faith communities and the meat packing and livestock industries. It’s important to hear directly from those folks who feed the country and world and keep our communities moving forward. I’m confident that we will pull through this trying time stronger than ever before,” Grassley said.