Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On the Democrats’ Refusal to Move Forward on COVID-19 Relief, Insistence on Bailing Out Irresponsible State Governments
Thursday, October 22, 2020
There is widespread agreement on the need for more COVID relief for families, small businesses, farms, schools and colleges and additional funding for testing and vaccines. 
These non-controversial items are being held up by the Democrat leaders’ all or nothing negotiating position.
One controversial item they insist on is bailing out irresponsible state governments.
Iowa’s years of sound governance and fiscal responsibility, including a rainy day fund, has paid off in times like this. 
A study for the Council of State Governments ranked every state’s ability to weather the economic impact of the pandemic.
It found Iowa to be the most fiscally sound, most resilient state in the country. 
The CATO Institute ranked our governor’s fiscal policy second out of all 50 states.
Other states haven’t made the same tough decisions and were in the red even before the pandemic.
Now Democrats want Iowans’ federal tax money to bail out irresponsible state governments?
And this is worth holding up relief for struggling families?
Come on!