Noon News 1.7.20: Support for Biden, USMCA and South Dakota Marijuana Vote

Jan 7, 2020

JOHN KERRY

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is getting support this afternoon in Siouxland as former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry will visit his campaign office in Sioux City this afternoon.  Listen for coverage during “All Things Considered”.

Iowa’s senior U.S. senator says he expects the U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement to get “unanimous support” today in a Senate Finance Committee hearing. Republican Chuck Grassley, who chairs the committee, also expects passage in the full Senate. 

But Grassley says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s delay in sending to the Senate the articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump is impeding Senate scheduling. So he’s not sure when the trade deal will get a full senate vote.

“I would suggest that if the articles of impeachment don’t come over this week, then maybe a week from now we can be discussing USMCA.”

Grassley says impeachment will take priority when the articles arrive in the Senate.

South Dakotans will vote this year on whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and older.

South Dakota voters in November also will decide a measure to allow medical marijuana for patients with serious health conditions.  

The Sioux City Council will now vote later this month on a proposal by the state DOT to change Riverside Boulevard from four lanes to three.

Yesterday, the vote on the road also known as Highway 12, was pushed back to January 27th.