“We are in this dangerous delta surge because of failed leadership from Iowa Republicans. They rejected $95 million to protect our students, have embraced vaccine skepticism, and continue to ignore our responsibilities to each other.” –Senate Democratic Leader Zach Wahls
Iowa Republicans need to stop gambling with our children’s lives, and start following the science. We need to listen to public health experts and epidemiologists, not Republican politicians and horse de-wormer salesmen.
Governor, your mistakes and political posturing are endangering children, and threaten to further disrupt their education. You need to change course ASAP.
Iowans are begging Governor Reynolds to keep our kids, our schools and our communities safe. Other Republican Governors are working to make classrooms safe places for all children. We call on Iowa’s governor to do the same.
Kim Reynolds and Iowa Republicans in the Legislature are preventing our kids from returning safely to in-person school. Republican policies and failed leadership have allowed the COVID Delta Variant to spread unabated throughout our state. It’s fitting the Governor announced the return of INDYCAR to Iowa today: her COVID-19 policies have our state going in circles.
Top Democrats on the Iowa Legislature’s House and Senate Oversight Committees are requesting meetings to review the Reynolds Administration’s handling of Federal COVID relief funds.
Iowans have been through a lot over the last year, particularly with the pandemic. It’s not over yet, but it is time for the Legislature to do all it can to help Iowa build back better, bigger and stronger than ever. Our focus this session is on a COVID Recovery Plan to help Iowa rebound from the ravages of the last year.
Monday, two harmful bills are being rushed through the Senate Education Committee before Iowans have time to respond. SSB 1065 would divert taxes for public schools to private schools and SSB 1064 would make Iowa schools unsafe during the pandemic.
In the weeks and months ahead, we will balance our legislative responsibilities and our leadership responsibilities. As Legislators, we have the responsibility of faithfully discharging the duties of Senator and upholding the Iowa Constitution. We also have the responsibility of following the best available public health guidance, and leading by example so Iowans are not forced to choose between life and liberty or safety and happiness.
We propose using the state’s ending balance or the state’s “rainy day funds” to provide $30 million or more in immediate supplemental food assistance for Iowans directly and through food banks, food pantries, and other feeding entities in Iowa.