WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today released the following statement after voting in favor of the Energy & Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:

I take seriously the responsibility Iowans have entrusted in me to make Washington more competent and less wasteful. That is why I fought to scale back Washington’s runaway spending by offering up an amendment to cut $200 million in duplicative, wasteful programs. While this might not sound like a lot of money to some in Washington, in Iowa, we know these are dollars we simply cannot afford to waste. 

“I also co-sponsored an amendment that would have scrapped the expanded definition of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. This burdensome rule breeds uncertainty and confusion, while adding more red tape that threatens the livelihoods of many in Iowa and across the country.

While I am disappointed my amendments were not adopted, this legislation includes critical provisions for our nuclear security programs, including weapons activities, naval reactors, and defense nuclear nonproliferation. Protecting our homeland from threats and ensuring our nation is fully prepared and equipped at all times must always be the top priority of the federal government.

“I am pleased that the Senate is working to take up spending bills in a very deliberate and transparent manner. I remain committed to identifying and cutting areas of waste, curbing reckless spending, and working to make our government run more effectively and efficiently.”

Click on the images below to watch Senator Ernst discuss her amendment.