President Joe Biden

Biden nominates former Iowa Gov. Culver for federal agriculture mortgage board

BY: - July 15, 2021

President Joe Biden has nominated former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver to the board of directors for the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, also known as Farmer Mac. Culver is a Democrat who served as Iowa’s governor from 2007 to 2011. Biden touted Culver’s record as governor in announcing his nomination: “Under his leadership, Iowa successfully managed […]

Biden meets with mayors and governors on infrastructure package

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON —  President Joe Biden met with a group of governors and mayors on Wednesday as he seeks to build support for a massive federal infrastructure package awaiting action from Congress. The local officials joining Biden in the Oval Office included Mayors Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio; Kate Gallego of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael Hancock, […]

Biden’s public lands pick nears crucial vote in growing Senate confirmation fight

BY: - July 11, 2021

Republican senators during the past few weeks led sustained attacks on President Joe Biden’s choice to head up the Bureau of Land Management, zeroing in on the Montanan’s Twitter feed, her graduate thesis that included a mock-up for an advertisement for population control and her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking incident. But Tracy Stone-Manning’s confirmation […]

covid-19 cell pastel

Delta variant in Iowa: State urges vaccinations as new strain spreads

BY: - July 7, 2021

Less than two months after the first case was identified in the state, the delta variant has become the most common strain of COVID-19 in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health found that the delta variant, which was first identified in India, represented 53% of the variants in Iowa during the final week of […]

COMMENTARY

Iowa leaders can’t stop electric-vehicle progress, even to protect ethanol

BY: - July 6, 2021

Controversy, of sorts, arrived in my driveway last week. There was no commotion. There were no protesters. No picketers. No chants about destroying the economy or caving in to China. In fact, there was virtually no sound at all when the revolution in the American automobile industry rolled to a stop — and our niece […]

COMMENTARY

A church and its misplaced priorities

BY: - July 3, 2021

Talk about lousy timing. The biggest religion story in Iowa last week was a jaw-dropper. Attorney General Tom Miller announced he has concluded a three-year investigation of sexual abuse allegations against priests in the four Roman Catholic dioceses in our state. Miller’s staff examined church records, some dating to the 1930s, that involved about 100 […]

Biden, Western governors plan for ‘severe’ wildfire season

BY: - June 30, 2021

For years, American presidents have held annual meetings with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to plan ahead for the Atlantic hurricane season. In an era when the catastrophic impacts of climate change are accelerating from coast to coast, President Joe Biden on Wednesday convened a first-of-its-kind meeting to make similar preparations for what is shaping […]

Biden tries to sell infrastructure deal in trip to Wisconsin

BY: - June 29, 2021

In a trip to the swingiest congressional district in the swing state of Wisconsin, President Joe Biden detailed a bipartisan deal on infrastructure, focusing on how it would help families and workers across Wisconsin and the country.  Speaking from the municipal transit utility in La Crosse, Biden discussed the ways the infrastructure deal will help […]

Biden and bipartisan senators clinch a deal on $1.2T infrastructure plan

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Thursday they’ve struck a deal on the outlines of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, marking a breakthrough on federal dollars for road and bridge projects after weeks of negotiations — but with significant hurdles still ahead. President Joe Biden stood with the […]

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

BY: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names —Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at the […]

Rep. Cindy Axne: Infrastructure bill needs child care, broadband programs

BY: - June 7, 2021

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne says biofuels, child care and broadband are key priorities for a massive infrastructure plan undergoing negotiations in Washington D.C. President Joe Biden is working with Republicans to pare back his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal and secure bipartisan support. Some moderate Democrats have insisted that Republicans work alongside Democrats on the bill, […]

COMMENTARY

Biden’s budget: Why investing in innovation is crucial to reach U.S. climate goals

BY: - May 28, 2021

President Joe Biden’s first detailed federal budget is slated to be released on May 28, and it will include substantial increases in spending to fight climate change. An overview sent to Congress included $10 billion in nondefense spending on clean energy innovation — a 35% increase over 2021. How Congress responds to the details coming […]