U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) has continued her 99-County Tour across the state to hear directly from Iowans about the issues that are most important to them. In the last two weeks, Ernst visited over two dozen counties, hearing from health care professionals, farmers, nonprofit organizations, steel workers, manufacturers, medical providers, and so many more Iowans to discuss how she continues support them during COVID-19.
“One of the key parts of my job as a United States Senator is hearing directly from Iowans about the issues that impact their everyday lives,” Senator Ernst said. “As I continue my 99-County Tour across Iowa, I am working to ensure our families, essential workers, small businesses, farmers, and kiddos have the support they need during these challenging times.”
Ernst has met with health care providers as well as essential workers who serve on the frontlines of COVID-19 during her visits. She has heard how they’ve benefitted from the COVID-19 relief that Sen. Ernst supported, like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
During her stop in Dickinson County, Ernst discussed her work to expand access to telehealth services to ensure Iowans receive the care they need beyond the pandemic. She met with local leaders in Ringgold and Van Buren counties to hear about the importance of ensuring working families have access to quality, affordable child care.
Small businesses and local leaders met with Ernst in Woodbury, Plymouth, O’Brien, Jasper, and Emmet counties. While at those stops, Ernst highlighted her goals for the next COVID-19 relief package. Among those goals, Ernst aims to allow essential workers to keep more of their money.
Iowa’s livestock and poultry producers have also faced serious challenges during the pandemic. In Sioux and Delaware Counties, Ernst heard from farmers about the impact of COVID-19 on their production and highlighted her work to secure additional relief for Iowa’s producers so they can maintain a secure food supply chain.