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Ernst Supports Funding for Veterans Services, Military Construction, Transportation Needs

Senator Joni Ernst released the following statement, after voting in support of the combined Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act and the Transportation, Housing, Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act: “It is imperative that our country lives up to the promises made to our veterans and to ensure they receive […]

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Senator Ernst Disappointed in EPA Decision to Reduce Volume Requirements Under RFS

Senator Joni Ernst released the following statement today, after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for conventional biofuels in 2017 and biomass-based diesel in 2018: “I am once again disappointed with the EPA’s decision to reduce volume requirements for conventional biofuels, despite having clear direction from […]

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Whistleblowers: U.S. Marshals Opting for Costlier Private Jails While Prepaid Cells Sit Empty

Government whistleblowers allege that the U.S. Marshals Service is paying private prisons to house some of its prisoners even though space in less-expensive government facilities is unused. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is seeking details on the alleged arrangements between the Marshals Service and private prisons that may be wasting millions in taxpayer dollars. […]

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Ernst WASP Measure Signed into Law

In an overdue victory for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), President Obama today signed bipartisan, bicameral legislation into law to restore the inurnment rights of the WASP at Arlington National Cemetery. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) along with Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Congresswomen Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Susan Davis (D-CA) offered this legislation to return […]