U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa released the following statement regarding today’s workforce development and employment roundtable led by President Donald Trump, Governor Kim Reynolds, Rep. Rod Blum, Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Peosta, Iowa.
“Thanks to the leadership of President Trump and Governor Reynolds, unemployment is at near-record lows and opportunity is at an all-time high. Cutting taxes and eliminating unnecessary government regulation is working for Iowans and is making America competitive again. After so many years of slow growth and an administration that seemed comfortable with stagnation, this newfound national prosperity is giving hope to communities that were ignored and left to fall behind. But we can’t take a good economy for granted. That’s why I’m glad today’s roundtable focused on developing a workforce for the jobs of the future in new and innovative ways.
“I’m also glad President Trump recognized the importance of biofuels like ethanol to jobs in Iowa and the Midwest. His continued commitment to making higher blends of ethanol available in summer months needs to be followed up with action by his administration. I’ll be working to make sure that happens. Year-round E-15 would be an easy win for the Administration and give a lifeline to many farmers and biofuels workers.
“Farmers are hurting from retaliatory tariffs that are limiting exports of agricultural products. An emerging trade deal with the European Union is welcome news. The completion of NAFTA renegotiations on the horizon also gives cause for optimism. But farmers are nervous that there’s no end in sight to an escalating trade war with China. The President is right to work to end China’s unfair, uncompetitive and illegal practices, but farmers need market access to make ends meet and provide for their families. I hope President Trump’s trip to Iowa gives him a sense of urgency. Farmers are depending on the President for a speedy resolution. I’ll continue to press this point to the Administration on all fronts.”
Information provided by Senator Chuck Grassley.