The Democratic National Committee is taking aim at Iowa’s Senate Republicans on Monday, unveiling a new Des Moines billboard highlighting Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley’s no votes on the sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package.
Displayed on 14th Street near the State Capitol, the advertisement notes that the American Rescue Plan will send eligible Iowans $1,400 checks and aid in vaccinating the state. Ernst and Grassley’s faces are featured to underscore their opposition to the help—passed along party lines on March 6 in the Senate and signed by President Joe Biden on Thursday.
“Help is here, The American Rescue Plan, $1,400 Checks & Shots in Arms,” the billboard displays. “No thanks to senators Joni Ernst & Chuck Grassley who voted no.”
The billboard will be up for one week.
“Voters in Des Moines won’t be able to miss this message: help is here, and it’s because of President Biden, not Senators Grassley or Ernst who opposed this bill and the relief it provides Iowans,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “With measures including direct payments of up to $1,400 per person and resources to help manufacture and distribute vaccines, the American Rescue Plan will provide the relief working families need and overwhelmingly want, while showing that the government is again working for the people.”
by Isabella Murray
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