We’re pleased to announce that tickets for the Iowa Straw Poll are on sale!
The Iowa Straw Poll is one of largest political events of 2015 and has traditionally attracted thousands of Iowans from across the state.
It is a great opportunity to meet the men and women running for president and enjoy a summer day with the family. Anyone under the age of 18 before Election Day 2016 (November 8) can come for free as a non-voting attendee.
When: August 8, 2015 Where: Central Iowa Expo, 1827 217th St., Boone, IA Price: $30$25
Immediately after his remarks ended Wednesday, a line formed up to meet Ben Carson.
In some cases with books in hand, many of the more than 300 people who had packed the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose University in Davenport to hear Carson’s formal remarks queued up for a chance to get some one-on-one time with him.
“Iowa’s agricultural background has always captured the national imagination, and we feel the Central Iowa Expo will help us showcase this heritage. This venue also allows us to keep ticket prices lower, ensuring families from around Iowa can afford to participate in this one-of-a-kind event.” -Chairman Jeff Kaufmann
“The Iowa straw poll is a tradition stretching back decades, with past winners including George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Mitt Romney. It’s a family-friendly event that allows Iowans to meet the men and women running to be the next president of the United States. For potential candidates, it’s an unparalleled opportunity to meet thousands of caucus goers in one day.” -Co-Chair Cody Hoefert
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s office has provided an update regarding U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) request for an examination of the VA Central Iowa Health Care System’s mental health programs. Senator Ernst’s inquiry followed news coverage of the death of veteran Richard Miles in Des Moines.
The Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s office has initiated a review of the mental health care provided to Richard Miles. The VA IG will share these findings with Senator Ernst once they are complete in approximately one month.
“I’m pleased that the VA IG has begun initiating a review. We must ensure that our veterans have the access they deserve to quality mental health care. If there are systemic problems that exist, we must work to correct those as quickly and efficiently as possible. I look forward to hearing the findings from the VA IG’s review,” said Senator Ernst.
On February 23rd, Senator Ernst sent a letter to the VA IG detailing that “It is tragic our nation lost a veteran who may not have received the mental health treatment he deserved.”
Ernst continued, “As a member of the Senate, I have a responsibility to ensure our nation lives up to the promises it has made to its veterans. Furthermore, as someone who deployed in support of the Iraq War, it is my top priority to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve after selflessly sacrificing for our nation. I request your office conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into the VA Central Iowa Health Care System mental health care programs, treatment provided to veteran Richard Miles, and Mr. Miles’ requests for mental health care and the subsequent treatment received.”
Today, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) co-sponsored Senator Gary Peters’ (D-MI) bipartisan Military Reserve Small Business Jobs Act of 2015, to extend a tax credit for small businesses that provide differential pay to military reservists and National Guard members called to serve on active duty. Senator Ernst, the lead co-sponsor, released the following statement on the legislation:
“Our military reservists and National Guard members in Iowa and throughout our nation stand ready to serve and deserve the peace of mind and financial security to provide for their families once they have activated.
“This important bipartisan legislation provides a tax credit for small businesses to provide differential pay for our military reservists and National Guard members on active duty. We must support these brave men and women in uniform – and their families – who sacrifice for our nation.”
Today Senator Joni Ernst attended the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress and issued the following statement:
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a commanding speech that needed to be heard by the American people from our closest ally and strategic partner in the Middle East – Israel. The response to today’s speech was overwhelmingly positive from both Democrats and Republicans alike.
“I wholeheartedly agree that the United States cannot stand by and watch Iran assemble nuclear capabilities which presents a grave threat to Israel and our nation. This is not an idle threat from Iran.
“As I have said, the U.S. must confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions and take the necessary steps to support Israel in their right to defend itself.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) will attend the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to a joint session of Congress. The Iowa Senator is also among 52 cosponsors to the resolution (S.Res.76), welcoming the Prime Minister to the United States in anticipation of his address.
“As we face ever increasing global challenges, especially in the Middle East, it is crucial we recognize our relationship with Israel and stand behind our longtime friend, trusted ally and important partner for our nation,” said Senator Ernst. “A nuclear Iran is a threat to Israel – and our nation – and we ought to hear from our best ally in the Middle East on this important issue. The United States must confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions and take the necessary steps to support Israel in their right to defend itself. I look forward to hearing from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today.”
The Prime Minister will address the joint session at 10 am CT. You can stream live here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding and the President’s executive amnesty:
“For the last several weeks, I have voted five times to fund the Department of Homeland Security. As a soldier and member of both the Homeland Security Committee as well as the Armed Services Committee, I have made clear that I want to find a meaningful path forward.
“I have heard from Iowans throughout the state who adamantly oppose President Obama’s executive amnesty. I agree and voted today on legislation on behalf of Iowans to override the President’s executive amnesty.
“We must continue working toward a solution to stop this overreach by the President while also working to preserve our national security. This morning’s vote did not accomplish that in one package and I want to do what we can through this one-week continuing resolution to continue working together toward that goal before funding expires.”
The House and Senate tonight passed a continuing resolution to fund DHS for one week at current funding levels.