Ernst Highlights 2016 Initiatives and Victories Led on Behalf of Iowans After traveling the state and hearing from Iowans firsthand on her second 99 county tour as Iowa’s U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst (R-IA) has worked to turn that feedback into results, .....
BigNews.Biz - Jan 02,2017 - Ernst Highlights 2016 Initiatives and Victories Led on Behalf of Iowans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After traveling the state and hearing from Iowans firsthand on her second 99 county tour as Iowa’s U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst (R-IA) has worked to turn that feedback into results, wrapping up the year with a series of legislative initiatives and victories on behalf of Iowans, including five of her bills signed into law in 2016.
“Throughout the year, I have seen firsthand the effects reckless government intrusions have on the lives of Iowans, and I have worked to make sure that Iowans’ voices are heard in Washington, D.C.,” said Senator Ernst. “This year, out of my seven bills that made it to the president’s desk, five were signed into law. The legislation I put forward focuses on Iowans’ priorities: honoring the service and benefits of our nation’s veterans and ways to improve their mental health care, cutting wasteful spending, keeping our nation safe, getting burdensome regulations out of the way, as well as finding solutions to make our government run more efficiently. I am pleased with the progress we have made, but there is a lot more work to do. I look forward to more improvements as we head into the next Congress.”
In November, Senator Ernst completed her second 99 county tour as a U.S. Senator, traveling across the state and visiting farms, agribusinesses, hospitals, schools, manufacturers, small businesses and more. Ernst also met and visited with thousands of Iowans to hear their questions and ideas at town meetings and roundtable discussions. Click here to view the 2016 tour.
In the 114th Congress, Ernst served on four Senate committees: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Throughout 2016, Senator Ernst took on an active role within her committees. In addition to her committee work, Senator Ernst this year joined the Whistleblower Protection Caucus and the Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus.
Additionally, Senator Ernst led and worked on a number of initiatives on behalf of Iowans:
SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Nutrition, and Forestry Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, Ernst held a hearing on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rural development programs and their economic impact across America. This marked the only subcommittee hearing held in the committee this year.
INTRODUCED LEGISLATION: Senator Ernst and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced the Agriculture Students Encourage, Acknowledge, Reward, Nurture (EARN) Act (S. 2774). The legislation amends the tax code to exclude from gross income the first $5,000 earned by students who are 18 years old or younger on agricultural projects completed under the supervision of 4-H or FFA.
AG TOUR: In October, Senator Ernst visited over a dozen ag businesses, including family farms, to hear about the true state of the agriculture economy in Iowa. She visited with crop and livestock farmers, equipment dealers, farmer cooperatives, fertilizer manufacturers, processing plants and research facilities to listen to their concerns.
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