In response to the Trump’s administration decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), created by President Obama in 2012 to protect immigrants who came to this country as children, Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Troy Price, released the following statement:
“There are thousands of DACA recipients in the state of Iowa. Children who came here with their parents, who grew up here, and who call Iowa home. These children are part of our communities. They were told they could stay and continue to build their lives here, but now, Donald Trump is playing political games with their lives.
Trump’s decision to end DACA is bad for our economy, it’s bad for Iowa, and it’s bad for the soul of our nation. At our core, America is a nation of immigrants tied together by the common cause of creating a better life for our families.
The whole point of the American Dream is that it’s open to everyone, but Donald Trump is trying to box us in. He’s trying to limit our nation’s possibilities. Donald Trump’s decision to roll back DACA, cheapens the American dream and is an insult to us all.”
The Iowa Democratic Party will be participating in the Iowans Defend DACA events today. Details can be found here.
In honor of Labor Day and the Democratic Party’s continuing commitment to protecting the rights of Iowa workers and labor unions, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement:
“The Iowa we love and fight for was created by hard-working men and women who knew the value of their labor and devoted it to the creation of our state.
Supporting working men and women and their ability to collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions should not be a partisan issue. Unfortunately, It has become a favorite target for Republicans, and now they are systematically working to remove worker protections.
Kim Reynolds and her GOP counterparts have stripped collective bargaining rights, taken away protections for injured workers, and prevented state and local governments from signing contracts that ensure fair wages on government projects. They are trying to take us back to a time when management was pitted against workers, a time when we were all weaker. Iowans deserve better.
Iowa Democrats will not back down from the fight. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in Labor in the struggle for better wages, better working conditions, and better opportunities for all workers to get ahead.”
Her response was to imply that the salaries of the workers, who are on the front lines of protecting our most vulnerable Iowans, are part of the problem, not her cut of nearly half the agency’s funding. Then she went on to say that it was the agency’s responsibility to find better ways to provide the same services without critical funding.
Reynolds also continues to ignore what many independent observers have already concluded, that the budget shortfall and subsequent cuts in Iowa are the direct result of the economic policies she supported.
Those cuts are the problem here. According to a report by the Des Moines Register, the agency Governor Reynolds has so drastically underfunded is already stretched to the limit:
That job [of advocating for residents of nursing homes and assisted-living centers, investigating complaints of abuse and neglect, and providing training for care-facility workers] got tougher after the office’s annual budget, which includes $1.3 million from the state and $400,000 from the federal government, was cut by roughly $500,000 in the fiscal year that began last month.
“It was quite a massive cut,” Clingan-Fischer said. “I made a decision to not lay off people, partly because we were severely understaffed as it was.”
“Once again, Governor Reynolds is trying to pass off the responsibility for solving a problem her own budget cuts created,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. “We can’t allow her to keep playing these political games, especially when Iowans’ lives might be on the line. Governor Reynolds will not be able to avoid blame for trying, and failing, to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly and disabled.”
In light of recent developments in Donald Trump’s plan to ban transgender members of the military, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement:
“This is yet another disgusting attempt from the White House to divide the American people. Trump’s Transgender Military Ban comes from a place of fear and hate. There is absolutely no way to justify this unprovoked attack on the rights of brave Americans who just want to serve their nation. Democrats have fought to ensure equality for generations, whether that is economic equality, gender equality, or civil rights. Transgender Americans – and all Americans – deserve nothing less than to be treated equal. An attack on one of us is an attack on us all.”