Ernst Questions Pruitt Over RFS at Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, questioned President-elect Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, at his confirmation hearing. Senator Ernst began her questioning of Mr. Pruitt by stressing the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and seeking his […]

SUNDAY TALK: Ernst Presses Intelligence Officials on Utilization of National Guard Units in U.S. Cyber Defense

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on “Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States”, Senator Joni Ernst  pressed the Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, on the use of National Guard units’ cyber capabilities. During her questioning, Senator Ernst followed up with Admiral Rogers […]

SUNDAY TALK: Ernst Stresses Importance of Strong RFS for Rural Economies at Hearing

 At the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management hearing entitled “Examining Two GAO Reports Regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard,” U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) stressed the importance of maintaining a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to continue to grow the rural economy in Iowa, and bring consumer choice at […]

South African Singer Lorraine Klaasen Coming to Waldorf Artist Series

Forest City will soon echo with the sounds of South Africa as Waldorf University welcomes Lorraine Klaasen on Oct. 20. The famed South African jazz singer will electrify and inspire when she hits the stage at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. as she delivers her infectious African/Caribbean sound fused with jazzy, swaying rhythms […]

Ernst Questions USDA Secretary Vilsack on Harmful Impact of Ag Regulations on Iowans

At the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing on “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Current State of the Farm Economy,” Senator Ernst pressed Secretary Tom Vilsack on the harmful effects farmers, ranchers, land owners, and consumers face in Iowa from costly and burdensomefederal regulations on the agriculture industry. In particular Ernst […]

Ernst Highlights Iowans’ Concerns Over Rising ObamaCare Costs

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee met on the state of health insurance markets, Senator Joni Ernst raised questions and concerns over rising costs of premiums due to ObamaCare’s one-size-fits-all mandates in Iowa, and across the country. Witnesses included Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart; Lieutenant Governor and Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance […]

SUNDAY TALK: Senator Ernst Condemns Democrats for Playing Politics with Funding for Military

 U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017, which was blocked by Senate Democrats.  “At a time when our country faces increased threats from ISIS and our adversaries continue to test our strength around the world, it is outrageous that Senate […]