Joe Biden

On ADA’s 31st anniversary, Biden recalls Harkin’s historic role

BY: - July 26, 2021

President Joe Biden on Monday recalled a hallmark moment in the career of former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.  At a White House ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which Harkin authored and sponsored, Biden described the moment just before the Senate passed the bipartisan bill. “On the floor of […]

Vilsack in Iowa: USDA will offer $655M to smaller meatpackers in bid to add competition

BY: - July 9, 2021

The federal government will spend $655 million on loans and grants to help launch new meat-processing facilities to help compete with four major corporations that control the market, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in Council Bluffs Friday. Included is a $500 million program aimed at establishing new or expanded operations, said Vilsack, a former […]

Climate envoy to Iowans: ‘There’s a growing sense of urgency’

BY: - April 22, 2021

Moments before he closed a White House international climate summit on Earth Day, U.S. special envoy John Kerry urged Iowans to push Congress to approve new cuts in carbon emissions.  “There’s a growing sense of urgency,” said Kerry, a former U.S. senator and former secretary of state who holds the newly created position of presidential […]

Grassley to visit U.S.-Mexico border as Biden faces heat for policies

BY: - March 24, 2021

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley plans to visit federal border camps Thursday and Friday to check conditions that continue to be a source of  controversy for the Biden administration.  Grassley, R-Iowa, said he will visit the U.S.-Mexico border late Thursday and Friday to see conditions at government camps that are housing many children, some of whom […]

House committee advances ‘unconstitutional’ challenge of presidential orders

BY: - March 4, 2021

An Iowa House committee advanced a bill Thursday after its chief backer declared the measure unconstitutional.  House File 481, introduced by Rep. John Wills, R-Spirit Lake, is aimed at reviewing presidential executive orders to see if they are constitutional.  The bill also would prohibit state and local governments, and any entity that gets money from […]

Grassley backs bipartisan effort to pay farmers to fight climate change

BY: - February 5, 2021

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he plans to work with Democratic agriculture secretary nominee Tom Vilsack and President Joe Biden on bipartisan farm programs that could help curb climate change.  A former Iowa governor who is well-acquainted with Republican Grassley, Vilsack told senators at a hearing this week that finding a way for farmers to […]

COMMENTARY

Biden’s executive orders aren’t the problem. A broken Congress is.

BY: - January 30, 2021

It was tough not to chuckle at a New York Times editorial this week chastising President Joe Biden for the barrage of executive orders that have gone flying out of the Oval Office during his first week behind the Resolute Desk, as if he were the first president ever to do so. “This is no way to make law. A […]

Biden administration unveils boost to state COVID-19 vaccine shipments

BY: - January 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid frustrations at the slow pace of the national COVID-19 vaccination effort, President Joe Biden says his administration is boosting the number of doses sent to states each week and will be giving state officials more certainty on the number of doses they can expect in future shipments. Starting next week, a minimum of 10 million […]

COMMENTARY

Trump’s big gamble to gut U.S. power plant emissions rules loses in court, opening a door for new climate rules

BY: - January 24, 2021

Joe Biden got a big judicial win for his climate agenda just hours before his inauguration as U.S. president. The case involved federal plans for cutting power plant emissions and a big gamble by the Trump administration. Nearly a third of the U.S. carbon emissions driving climate change come from electricity generation. To try to […]

Iowa ag secretary: Biden’s waterway regulations could hurt farm interests

BY: - January 22, 2021

Democratic President Joe Biden spent part of his first week in office inserting himself into one of agriculture’s hottest policy debates, the fight over which waterways will be protected under the Clean Water Act.  Biden’s initial executive orders included one that threw out Republican President Donald Trump’s order. Trump’s action led to new rules that […]

Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

BY: - January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s first policy focus after being sworn in is overhauling the disjointed federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed another 4,400 American lives on his first day in office alone. “The brutal truth is, it’s going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated,” Biden said […]

Iowa is one of the nation's top producers of wind energy. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Iowa environmentalists hail Biden’s first-day actions, ask for more

BY: - January 20, 2021

President Joe Biden spent part of his first day in office reversing the previous administration’s environmental policies on climate change, vehicle emissions and drilling in an Arctic refuge.  The praise from Iowa environmental advocates came quickly Wednesday. Polk County Conservation Director Richard Leopold said Biden’s executive orders appear to bring science back into the center […]