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There She Goes Again! Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Taking Credit for What Biden and Democrats Delivered

Yesterday, the office of Iowa’s Governor sent a press release with the headline, “Gov. Reynolds announces $20M investment in nonprofits to serve Iowans in need”. The release included a quote from the Governor, “Iowa nonprofits provide critical support to Iowans most in need,” said Gov. Reynolds. “While these organizations work around the clock to meet today’s needs, the Nonprofit Innovation Fund will provide innovative and transformational investments to help prepare Iowans for tomorrow.” 

If you scroll down to the last line of the release, you’ll see this line (emphasis added):

Funding for this grant opportunity is made available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. 

The American Rescue Plan Act  passed in March of 2021 -- without a single Republican vote. The only member of the Iowa congressional delegation to support it was Rep. Cindy Axne. President Biden signed it into law.

But, of course, Reynolds doesn’t mention any of that. In the past, she referred to ARPA as  a “Blue State Bailout.”  This isn’t even the first time the Iowa Governor has touted funding delivered by the legislation she criticized.  During Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State speech on January 11, 2022, she cited investments in broadband and housing that were a result of ARPA funds leveraged by Iowa.  

When Kim Reynolds was tapped to deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union, her reelection campaign ran ads in Iowa media promoting her speech.  Those ads appeared with an article that begins, “ $100 million from the American Rescue Plan Act will go toward addressing Iowa’s housing shortage.”  

Kim Reynolds takes a lot of credit for projects funded by ARPA without mentioning those actually responsible. And, this week, she did it again. 

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