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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), joined by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, hosted another telephone town hall to hear directly from folks across the state. During the town hall, Ernst discussed her efforts to support Iowa’s families and small businesses as the state works to safely reopen its economy, and the Iowa leaders answered questions on a wide range of topics.

“There’s no doubt about it, COVID-19 has impacted everyone across our state. And that’s why we’ve taken an all-hands-on deck approach to providing support for Iowans. With Senator Grassley, I’ve worked hard at the federal level to get folks the relief they need, and Governor Reynolds has continued to be the strong, steady leader our state needs,” said Senator Ernst. “Tonight’s telephone town hall was another great opportunity to share the work we’re doing, answer folks’ questions, and ensure Iowans have access to the resources they need. Whether it’s supporting our child care providers and working families, providing more flexibility for our small businesses using the Paycheck Protection Program, or providing tax relief to our essential workers, I’ll continue fighting for Iowans, and together, we’ll beat this virus.”

“Senator Ernst and I are committed to keeping our pledge to meet with Iowans face-to-face in all 99 of Iowa’s counties this year, despite the challenges presented by coronavirus. Still, it’s important for us to meet with Iowans in other ways too until larger gatherings are safe again. Remaining accessible and accountable to Iowans by answering their questions about our work is a hallmark of our service on behalf of Iowans. The incredible hurdles we face as a country and the hard work ahead make continuing this practice all the more important,” said Senator Grassley.

“I am so proud of the collaboration and cooperation we have seen throughout the state in response to COVID-19 and the support we are getting from Senator Ernst,” said Governor Kim Reynolds.