WASHINGTON — More than five hours ago, the Senate began consideration of the Democrats’ nearly $2 trillion “COVID relief” package—during what is known as a “Vote-a-Rama.” Senate Republicans were working in a bipartisan way with Democrats, including Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), to improve the bill, including the expanded unemployment benefits provision.
President Biden and the Democratic leadership appear to be stalling the effort, rejecting the bipartisan work.
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) called on her colleagues to work together in a bipartisan manner—like Congress has done in the previous five COVID-19 relief bills. Ernst noted that—despite the challenges of the pandemic—Iowa’s economy is recovering and Iowa’s businesses are struggling to find workers. 
Click here or on the image above to watch Senator Ernst’s remarks.