Ernst Week in Review

Kicking Off the 99 County Tour for 2019!

This week, Senator Joni Ernst kicked off her 99 County Tour for 2019, beginning her journey across Iowa visiting every single county in the state.  Senator Joni Ernst began her 99 County Tour with a public meeting in her hometown of Red Oak, in Montgomery County.  Participants included Iowans of all different ages, backgrounds and political stripes who asked questions directly to the senator on a wide range of issues. 

Senator Ernst welcomes and takes questions from a packed house at a public town hall

meeting she hosted in her hometown of Red Oak, starting this year’s 99 County Tour.


Visiting Woodbury, Ida and Sac Counties

On Tuesday, Senator Ernst continued her 99 County Tour with stops in Woodbury, Ida and Sac counties.  At Seaboard Triumph Foods in Sioux City, she spoke with members of the staff at the pork processing plant about workforce development and the needs of Iowa’s job creators.  Later on Tuesday, Senator Ernst took questions from employees and toured Midwest Industries in Ida County, which manufactures boat lifts, trailers and other maritime products for boaters nationwide.  At one of Sac County’s staple small businesses, Cookies Food Products, Senator Ernst toured owner Speed Herrig’s facility, which produces around 6,000 gallons of world famous sauce every single day to Americans across the country. 

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Senator Joni Ernst’s visit to Woodbury County.


Senator Joni Ernst takes questions from workers at Midwest Industries during her visit.


Speed Herrig, owner of Cookies Food Products, shows Senator Joni Ernst around

his small business in Sac County.


Town Hall in Black Hawk County

Senator Ernst held another public town hall meeting on Wednesday, on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, where she fielded dozens of questions from constituents on a wide range of issues. Later on Wednesday, Senator Ernst sat down with small business owners in Hardin County to discuss their efforts to grow business, expand workforce and reach the community. Senator Ernst said, “Creating opportunities in rural Iowa for the next generation is vital to the state’s economic growth.”  Senator Ernst also toured the Boone County Hospital, where she listened to staff’s thoughts on the 340B Program and several other issues pertaining to critical access hospitals and health care. KWBG Radio was on location to report about the Senator’s visit, which you can listen to here.

Senator Ernst listening to students and the local community at the University of Northern Iowa.


Senator Ernst touring the Boone County Hospital.


Ernst Votes to Immediately Reopen the Government

On Friday, Senator Ernst voted to reopen the government, following a deal announced between President Trump and Congress to allow more time to address the humanitarian crisis and to secure the southern border.  Senator Ernst also voted to end the partial government shutdown and secure our southern border on Thursday.  To underscore her commitment to a bipartisan solution to secure our border and immediately reopen the government, Senator Ernst also took to the Senate floor, joining Republican and Democratic colleagues, to give a powerful speech about the need to work together, in support of the American people.

“The American people expect us to do better; we have an opportunity to step up and do the right thing, and that's find a solution.”

In her speech, she outlined the fundamental duties of Congress: to provide for our nation’s security and to fund the government.  She also outlined the impact that the partial shutdown has had on Iowans.

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