DES MOINES – Iowa US Senator, Chuck Grassley, met with fellow senior member of the Judiciary committee, Jeff Sessions, today to discuss the Alabama Senator’s possible confirmation as Attorney General under the Trump administration. Sessions is expected to sail smoothly through the confirmation process and meet little resistance from the committee where he enjoys support from several committee members including Sen. Grassley. As Attorney General, Sessions would be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer for the United States. Like several other potential Trump cabinet members, Sessions comes with plenty of baggage that includes years of controversy and allegations of racism. This appears to be a non-issue for Trump who set the tone for his administration just days after the election by appointing former Breitbart executive and alt-right advocate, Steve Bannon, his chief strategist.
DES MOINES–State Representative Bobby Kaufmann could have reacted to last week’s Republican victories in a number of ways. He could have taken a vacation, enjoyed time with his family, played a game of checkers or taken in the scenic landscape of Cedar County in the Fall. As Chair of the Iowa House Government Oversight committee, Kaufmann could have called on fellow legislators to ask three MCOs to explain delays in payments and services to patients and providers or called on Governor Branstad to show us exactly how many dollars Medicaid privatization has saved the state of Iowa. He could have championed unity and offered hope for bipartisanship. As a young Republican leader, he had an opportunity to bring the people of Iowa together and work toward common goals that benefit every Iowan. Instead, Kaufmann chose to increase division and stoke the fires of discontent by targeting young people trying to make their voices heard and deal with the potential consequences of the election.
DES MOINES—Iowa state representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) wasted no time to send an insensitive and dangerous message to students upset with last week’s election results with proposed legislation entitled: “Suck it up, Buttercup”. The proposed bill would deny students access to state-funded grief counseling for election-related stress that he dubs, “annoying”.
Iowa Democratic Party Disabilities Caucus Chair, Catherine Crist, issued the following statement on Kaufmann’s bill proposal:
DES MOINES—IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:
“Today, we honor all the brave men and women who served in our nation’s military. We thank each veteran in every branch of our military for their service, sacrifice and commitment to our country. This day is an opportunity to salute those who keep us safe and protect our freedoms.
“The best way for us to honor our veterans is to guarantee them the care and opportunities they deserve. We must ensure that all veterans receive access to affordable health care. We must make a concerted effort to provide proper assistance to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental illnesses. We need to create good-paying quality jobs for veterans to come home to after their service. It is our duty as Americans to care for those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice from the day they enter service until the day they leave this Earth.