Greenfield in the Cedar Rapids Gazette: Time for Iowa leaders to help us get back on our feet

Greenfield: “I’ll never forget what it’s like to go through tough times, but I’m also frustrated because the same day I released my new plan, Sen. Ernst said relief won’t come until after the election.” 

Ahead of tonight’s U.S. Senate debate, in a new op-ed for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, businesswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield outlines the steps Washington needs to take to keep Iowans safe, get through the COVID-19 pandemic, and rebuild Iowa’s economy, among other key issues where Senator Ernst has refused to answer for her failed record. This comes as Theresa has been crisscrossing the state to discuss and answer questions about her plan to get Iowa “Back On Our Feet.”

In the new op-ed, Theresa calls on Congress to get Iowans the relief they need and pledges to “bring to Washington a personal understanding of the struggles we’re all facing, along with the grit and resolve to work with anyone to get results.” Theresa’s plan advocates for following public health guidelines, prioritizing workers, expanding access to affordable health care, and protecting critical earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare.

Read some of the key highlights from Theresa’s op-ed

  • Right now Iowans are struggling. From the pandemic to the derecho, it’s more important than ever that we have leaders who will fight for us. That’s why I released my Back On Our Feet plan to help us through these tough times.
  • Expanding health care has never been more important — even before this pandemic, it was the number one issue I heard about. Instead of trying to repeal it like Sen. Joni Ernst, let’s strengthen the Affordable Care Act, protect people with preexisting conditions and allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, saving seniors and taxpayers $500 billion.
  • Just as I will fight to make sure health care is a right for all Iowans, I also will fight to keep our promises to workers, protecting hard-earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare. I’ll work with anyone to protect these benefits and stand up to anyone who tries to lay a finger on them.
  • This fight is personal to me. Growing up during the farm crisis, I remember seeing families sell off everything they owned in boxes just to get by. When the farm crisis threatened my dream of going to college, I worked to put myself through school with part-time jobs. And when I was 24 and my first husband, a lineman with the power company and an IBEW member was killed on the job, it was Social Security, his hard-earned union benefits, and family, friends and community that helped me get back on my feet.
  • I’ll never forget what it’s like to go through tough times, but I’m also frustrated because the same day I released my new plan, Sen. Ernst said relief won’t come until after the election.
  • While this is going to be one of the most consequential times of our lives, Sen. Ernst forgot about Iowa and now we’re paying the price. I will bring to Washington a personal understanding of the struggles we’re all facing, along with the grit and resolve to work with anyone to get results.

Read the full op-ed here

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