Joni Ernst on Government Reform
Go back to drawing board to keep Post Office going
Q: What do you do about the Post Office?
Ernst: Well, they have to pre-fund their pensions --
Q: So they shouldn't have to do that?
Ernst: This is something that we should look at. So that is really contributing to a lot of their struggles right
now. So I do think we have to go back to the drawing board, we do have to have a plan out there. Absolutely we need to make sure that our Post Office stays in existence. They are so important to the folks like me that live in the rural areas.
Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate
, Sep 28, 2020
Photo ID for voting
Question topic: People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Ernst: Strongly Disagree
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Iowa Senate race
, Sep 30, 2014
AdWatch: I grew up castrating hogs; I know how to cut pork
Joni (in farm gear on a hog farm): "I'm Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington,
I'll know how to cut pork."
(NARRATOR AND TEXT): "Joni Ernst. Mother. Soldier. Conservative."
Joni: "My parents taught us to live within our means.
It's time to force Washington to do the same. To cut wasteful spending; repeal ObamaCare; and balance the budget.
I'm Joni Ernst and I approve this message because Washington is full of big spenders; let's make 'em squeal!"
(Fade to black whiles hogs squeal).
Source: OnTheIssues AdWatch of 2014 Iowa Senate race
, Mar 25, 2014
Roll back burdensome regulations
Priority One: Creating Jobs: Joni believes the free market is the greatest job creating machine ever built, but only when the government gets out of the way.
She supports rolling back burdensome regulations that are crushing small business owners. Joni supports pro-growth tax and economic policies that will unleash the full potential of America's free market economy and create millions of new jobs.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JoniForIowa.com, "Issues"
, Sep 9, 2013
Voted NO on two articles of impeachment against Trump.
Ernst voted NAY Impeachment of President Trump
RESOLUTION: Impeaching Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors.
ARTICLE I: ABUSE OF POWER: Using the powers of his high office, Pres. Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 US Presidential election. He did so through a course of conduct that includedThese actions were consistent with Pres. Trump's previous invitations of foreign interference in US elections.
- Pres. Trump--acting both directly and through his agents--corruptly solicited the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into a political opponent, former Vice President Joseph Biden; and a discredited theory promoted by Russia alleging that Ukraine--rather than Russia--interfered in the 2016 US Presidential election.
- With the same corrupt motives, Pres. Trump conditioned two official acts on the public announcements that he had requested: (A) the release of $391 million that Congress had appropriated for the purpose of providing vital military and security assistance to Ukraine to oppose Russian aggression; and (B) a head of state meeting at the White House,
which the President of Ukraine sought.
- Faced with the public revelation of his actions, Pres. Trump ultimately released the [funds] to the Government of Ukraine, but has persisted in openly soliciting Ukraine to undertake investigations for his personal political benefit.
ARTICLE II: OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS:These actions were consistent with Pres. Trump's previous efforts to undermine US Government investigations into foreign interference in US elections.
Source: Congressional vote ImpeachK on Dec 18, 2019
- Pres. Trump defied a lawful subpoena by withholding the production of documents sought [by Congress];
- defied lawful subpoenas [for] the production of documents and records;
- and directed current and former Executive Branch officials not to cooperate with the Committees.
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