Vice President Mike Pence had a message for Congress as he surveyed flood damage in Pacific Junction, Iowa Friday afternoon.
"It's time to put politics aside and come together to give Iowa and Nebraska and the Midwest the support and disaster assistance that you deserve."
Efforts to get aid from the federal government have stalled. Democrats voted against a recent disaster bill because it failed to also help Puerto Rico, left with catastrophic damage from Hurricane Maria two years ago.
Pence stop included a visit to Lincoln’s Ridgeview Farms in Pacific Junction. Dennis Lincoln says they have been farming the land for more than 100 years.
Pence told those on hand that the federal government is behind the recovery to rebuild Iowa, "bigger and better than ever before." He said it's remarkable to think that a month has gone by when you see how much water is still here.
Damage in Iowa is estimated at $1.6 billion. Governor Kim Reynolds and Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst joined Pence on the tour and got an aerial view of the damage.