After last week’s failure by the Senate to pass disaster assistance, the people of Iowa and Nebraska were beginning to feel a little forgotten. They have been raising their voices as loud as they can. On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence came to Pacific Junction to survey the damage and hear from the people.
The Vice President joined Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Senators Grassley and Ernst to survey the damage. They then traveled to Ridgeview Farms, owned by the Lincoln family. There they toured the family home which had over five feet of water on the main floor.
The Vice President also discussed the lack of disaster funding. He said that as members of the Senate are canvassing Iowa looking Presidential votes, the people need to ask them why they didn’t vote to give Iowa disaster assistance.
The Vice President says he will be taking the story of the Iowa people back with him to Washington, so a disaster bill can be ironed out. He said it is time to put politics aside. Congress needs to come together and pass disaster legislation. Elections can come later.
The Vice President concluded by commending the people of Iowa and the Midwest for being great examples of resilience in the face of disaster.
After the Vice President talked, Senators Grassley and Ernst echoed the Vice President’s remarks. Grassley added that Iowans need not worry. “No disaster has gone unaided by the Congress. It will get done.”