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Joni Ernst on Budget & Economy

 

 


Sting of economy was felt over the last 6 years

The new Republican Congress understands how difficult these past six years have been. For many of us, the sting of the economy and the frustration with Washington's dysfunction, weren't things we had to read about. We felt them every day.

Our parents may not have had much, but they worked hard for what they did have. These days though, many families feel like they're working harder and harder, with less and less to show for it.

We see our neighbors agonize over stagnant wages and lost jobs. We see the hurt caused by canceled healthcare plans and higher monthly insurance bills. We see too many moms and dads put their own dreams on hold while growing more fearful about the kind of future they'll be able to leave to their children.

Americans have been hurting. That's why the new Republican majority you elected started by reforming Congress to make it function again. And now, we're working hard to pass the kind of serious job-creation ideas you deserve.

Source: GOP response to the 2015 State of the Union address , Jan 20, 2015

I've castrated hogs so I know how to cut pork

Joni Ernst also landed what might have been the best line of the night with this gem: "We have to cut our spending and as a farmer's daughter who grew up in southwest Iowa castrating hogs with her dad, I can go to Washington and cut pork."

That was the first time the live audience reacted vocally. The line was both humorous and insightful.

Source: Kevin Hall in Iowa Republican on 2014 Iowa Senate debate , Oct 24, 2013

Break Washington's spending addiction

Restoring Fiscal Responsibility: Washington has a spending addiction and Joni is committed to breaking it. It's simple: Government must stop spending more money than it takes in. That's why Joni supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to force Washington to stop the reckless spending and live within its means.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JoniForIowa.com, "Issues" , Sep 9, 2013

Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package.

Ernst voted YEA Consolidated Appropriations Act (COVID Relief bill)

NPR summary of HR133:

Argument in opposition: Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV-2) said after voting against H.R. 133: "Congress voted to spend another $2.3 trillion [$900 billion for COVID relief], which will grow our national debt to about $29 trillion. The federal government will again have to borrow money from nations like China. This massive debt is being passed on to our children and grandchildren. With multiple vaccines on the way thanks to President Trump and Operation Warp Speed, we do not need to pile on so much additional debt. Now is the time to safely reopen our schools and our economy. HR133 was another 5593-page bill put together behind closed doors and released moments prior to the vote."

Legislative outcome: Passed House 327-85-18, Roll #250, on Dec. 21. 2020; Passed Senate 92-6-2, Roll #289, on Dec. 21; signed by President Trump on Dec 27 [after asking for an increase from $600 to $2,000 per person, which was introduced as a separate vote].

Source: Congressional vote 20-HR133 on Jan 15, 2020

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