Congressman Steve King Says Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Needs to Be Focused on The Problem at Hand

Mar 24, 2020

Iowa Fourth District Congressman Steve King (R) of Kiron

Today, the state of Iowa increased the number of COVID-19 cases to 124. That is 19 more than yesterday.  There were no new confirmed cases in Siouxland.

Sarah Reisetter from the Iowa Department of Public Health says currently “sheltering in place” in Iowa isn’t necessary for the time being.

Reisetter says people should stay home as much as possible, especially if you are over the age of 60; use social distancing, work from home if possible, stay away from large gatherings and use good personal hygiene.

The Senate is now supposedly close to reaching a deal on the stimulous package meant to help workers and businesses weather the shut-downs and other issues caused by efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King says he voted against that bill, along with many other House Republicans, because the requirements on small businesses were “onerous.”  King says he is concerned that the Senate stimulous bill has more to do with the Green New Deal than the coronavirus.

“That would be requiring airline carriers to fully offset emissions for domestic flights by 2025, and to supply passengers with information about greenhouse gasses, what’s that in there for if  we are concerned about an emergency situation.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she wanted to add in more items in stimulus bill that would directly benefit workers, and not industry.   Senators are still working on the stimulus bill.