Dem Presidential Candidate John Delaney in Flood-Damaged SW Iowa, 4:04

May 21, 2019

Former Maryland Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed Paul Trombino to temporarily lead Iowa's human resources agency after its previous director failed to win Senate confirmation.

Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett said Tuesday that the governor has installed Trombino as interim director of the Department of Administrative Services while she recruits a permanent replacement.

The move comes after the Iowa Senate adjourned last month without confirming Janet Phipps Burkhead to another term as the agency's director. Minority Democrats had blocked the appointment due to concerns about her handling of sexual harassment allegations in state government, among other things.

Former Maryland Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney is on a swing through Iowa this week.

Today he toured a home in the Pacific Junction area in southwest Iowa that was damaged by historic flooding in March. Delaney says climate change will make flooding more frequent and more severe. He believes climate change will leave future generations with an unpayable debt.

((0521delaney   0:12) The fact that we haven’t dealt with it, the fact that we haven’t taken any affirmative steps I think is putting the next generation in a position where they’re going to have to deal with something that they’re really not going to be able to deal with. So I will deal with that as president.

To deal with climate change, Delaney says the U.S. and the rest of the world need to get to net zero emissions by 2050. He has rolled out a plan that puts a price on carbon.