Congressman King Says Trade Deal Announcement Timed To Conincide with Impeachment Announcement
Most Iowa politicians, commodity groups and Iowa’s business community today are celebrating news of a deal that will lead to U.S. House ratification of the US Mexico Canada Trade Deal. The deal is expected to ratified by the end of the year. Canada and Mexico are Iowa’s two largest trade markets.
But the timing of the announcement drew criticism from some leaders. 4th District Republican Congressman Steve King, of Kiron, said today House Democrats “didn’t want to face criticism” so they announced a deal on the USMCA on the same morning they revealed articles of impeachment.” Iowa Democratic Congress members Abby Finkenauer Cindy Axne, Dave Loebsack were pretty much in favor of the trade deal and the announcement.
One Siouxland organization and one person were honored today with the 2019 War Eagle Human Rights Award. The Mary J. Treglia Community House and Andrew Pearson were recognized this morning at the Sioux City Public Museum.
Award winner Andrew Pearson is a juvenile court officer who has devoted his career to improving the Siouxland community through his work at East Middle School. Pearson was adopted and didn’t have a lot of support when he was young. But he says one person at the Boys Club changed his life forever.
“I went to the Boys Club and that was kind of like home away from home and there was a man there that took out time with me. And if he hadn’t been in my life, I don’t know where I would be. SO, I just want to be that person for some of the other kids that are out there.”
The other awardee, The Mary J. Treglia Community House opened 78 years ago. It is known for its work with newly arrived immigrants.