The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.Org:
Tonight, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union. No doubt, we’ll hear a lot of attacks on President Biden from her. But what she won’t say, but should is: Thank You Joe Biden.
Kim Reynolds’ campaign has been running ads in Iowa media promoting her response tonight. Those ads are appearing with an article that begins, “ $100 million from the American Rescue Plan Act will go toward addressing Iowa’s housing shortage.”
During Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State speech on January 11, 2022, she cited investments in broadband and housing that were a result of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds leveraged by Iowa, despite her having previously referred to ARPA as a “Blue State Bailout.”
Yet, in Iowa, Kim Reynolds takes credit for projects funded by ARPA, which every single Republican in the U.S. House and Senate voted against, including Iowa’s Senators Grassley and Ernst, and Iowa’s Representatives Hinson, Miller-Meeks, and Feenstra. As Reynold’s own campaign acknowledges, Iowa has benefited greatly from ARPA. But Kim Reynolds won’t say that tonight.
What Kim Reynolds also won’t acknowledge is that the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was one of the most significant investments in rural communities we've seen in decades. Like most Republicans, Reynolds would rather stick it to Joe Biden than support her rural constituents. In Iowa, we see this play out all the time. Republicans talk a good game about supporting rural residents but their priority is to deliver for the multinational corporations and monopolies that exploit rural communities.
And, we can expect more of that tonight.
Just don’t expect a well-deserved thank you to the elected officials who actually delivered billions of dollars to local communities through the American Rescue Plan.
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