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Iowans in Congress 2023: What an all-Republican delegation plans – Des Moines Register


When U.S. Rep-elect Zach Nunn swears into workplace on Tuesday, it mark the primary time for the reason that Nineteen Fifties that Iowa’s D.C. delegation will likely be comprised of fully Republicans.

It is the results of a robust midterm election cycle for the Iowa GOP: Nunn won election to Iowa’s 3rd District seat in November, ousting two-term incumbent Democrat Cindy Axne. Republican incumbents received reelection to the state’s different three U.S. Home seats.

Nunn anticipates Iowa’s 4 Republican votes will give the state extra energy within the Home, the place Republicans will maintain a majority in 2023.

“That is the loudest voice that Iowa goes to have in Washington, mainly for the reason that Eisenhower administration,” Nunn instructed the Des Moines Register.

Flanked by his family, 3rd Congressional District candidate Zach Nunn, a Republican, addresses his supporters during the Iowa GOP election night celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown.

Iowans additionally reelected U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley to his eighth Senate term. He’ll be a part of Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who has one other 4 years remaining in her time period.

Nonetheless, Iowa’s “crimson wave” was an outlier within the nation the place Democrats hung onto seats and cling to their management of the U.S. Senate. After two years of a Democratic trifecta, Congress will likely be divided in 2023, making it more durable for both occasion to push by way of their priorities.

Extra:The Republican red wave foundered nationally, but in Iowa it swept away Democrats

In pre-election candidate surveys, current statements and interviews with the Register, Iowa’s congressional representatives outlined their targets for the upcoming time period: curbing inflation, addressing unlawful immigration and selling the year-round sale of biofuels. Additionally they highlighted potential bipartisan efforts, together with payments to decrease prescription drug costs and help neighborhood faculties.

Lawmakers promise to give attention to biofuels, financial system, ‘decreasing authorities interference’

Incumbent U.S. Reps. Randy Feenstra, Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks every stated in pre-election surveys: selling and legalizing the year-round use of biofuels could be a prime home precedence for 2023. 

Underneath present regulation, greater ethanol blends is probably not bought in the summertime months as a consequence of considerations about elevated air air pollution. President Joe Biden temporarily waived that standard in 2022 to assist fight excessive gasoline costs, however Iowa leaders referred to as for a extra everlasting change.

“I’m dedicated to proving that clear, renewable power is attainable for each state through the use of Iowa as a framework to point out how it may be finished,” Miller-Meeks had said.

Hinson argued that specializing in biofuels will assist tackle inflation, which seemed to be hovering earlier than the election.

“I’m championing an all-of-the-above power technique that prioritizes Iowa biofuels to carry down the price of gasoline and restore our power independence whereas boosting Iowa’s agriculture financial system,” Hinson had said.

Nunn stated his prime home precedence could be addressing inflation and “decreasing authorities interference with our lives.” As he did on the marketing campaign path, Nunn referred to as for the federal authorities to reflect Iowa, the place the Republican-led Legislature championed tax cuts and a price range surplus.

“It was the primary problem that I heard once I knocked on doorways,” he stated. “It is the primary problem that I nonetheless proceed to get electronic mail about.”

In the meantime, Grassley stated Friday he was calling on the Biden administration to make a New 12 months’s decision for “border safety.”

“The Biden administration’s border insurance policies are permitting Mexican drug cartels to rule the roost alongside our southern border. And that has created grievous hurt to the social material of America,” Grassley’s assertion stated. “Let’s ring within the New 12 months with a dedication to cease the humanitarian and drug trafficking crises at our border as soon as and for all.”

Ernst additionally stated “our nationwide safety and protection stay prime of thoughts” as she goes into the 2023 session.

“Whereas we secured numerous robust priorities on this yr’s protection bundle, I’ll proceed to push laws that ensures our navy stays essentially the most deadly preventing power on the face of the planet,” Ernst stated in a press release Thursday.

Extra:Republicans appear poised to expand majorities in Iowa Legislature after election red wave

Iowa could also be all crimson however ‘there’s nonetheless numerous alternative for good bipartisan work’

Republicans received a slim majority within the U.S. Home — an influence shift that included Nunn’s flipped third District seat.

However with Democrats controlling the Senate and Biden nonetheless in workplace, Iowa’s all-red delegation might want to work throughout the aisle to get something signed into regulation.

“I am not naive,” Nunn stated. “I feel it is gonna be difficult… however there’s nonetheless numerous alternative for good bipartisan work to occur.”

Nunn and Grassley had stated they had been fascinated by working with Democrats to decrease the price of prescribed drugs. Grassley has pointed towards a 2019 invoice he sponsored with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, to cap out-of-pocket costs for treatment. That invoice handed a Senate Finance Committee vote that yr, when Republicans managed the Senate. It has not superior since.

“Our bipartisan invoice would decrease prices with out harming life-saving cures and coverings the American individuals anticipate,” Grassley has stated.

Miller-Meeks, an ophthalmologist, was additionally hopeful that lawmakers might discover widespread floor on medical points, She highlighted a bipartisan proposal to enhance protocols for step remedy, a follow that requires sufferers to attempt cheaper medicines earlier than being prescribed extra pricey prescriptions.

Ernst stated she intends to make use of her function on the Democrat-led Senate Small Enterprise Committee to deal with childcare shortages. She additionally emphasised the significance of the annual farm invoice, promising to “prioritize the wants of Iowa’s farmers and growers on the Senate Agriculture Committee.”

Hinson stated hopes to work with Democrats on neighborhood faculty applications and increasing Pell Grants. Feenstra stated he intends to maintain pushing for a bipartisan invoice to require extra worth transparency from main meatpacking corporations.

Katie Akin is a politics reporter for the Register. Attain her at [email protected] or at 410-340-3440. Observe her on Twitter at @katie_akin.



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