Politics: Dubuque mayor heads to DC to champion international ...
A top City of Dubuque official braved triple-digit temperatures last week to urge federal officials to preserve the countryâs position as a positive global influence.
Mayor Roy Buol joined more than 500 leaders from the business, government and nonprofit realms in Washington, D.C., for a summit to protect âAmericaâs global leadership.â
The goal was to focus on âwhat weâre doing with international affairs and how that affects the state of Iowa,â Buol said.
He joined the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition at the State Leaders Summit early last week. The event was held against the backdrop of oppressive, 103-degree heat.
The groupâs primary objective was to urge U.S. officials to fully fund the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development. The agencies are facing a 30 percent funding cut, acc ording to a coalition press release.
Buol said the countryâs international relations have a profound impact on the financial well-being of states such as Iowa.
âThe state of Iowa depends a lot on trade for economic stability and the jobs that it creates,â he said.
announced by President Donald Trumpâs administration could have a negative impact on international relations that is felt even in Iowa. Retaliatory tariffs on pork exports, in particular, could be devastating to local economies, according to some analysts.
Buol planned to speak with U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both Iowa Republicans, as well as U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa.
âWeâre going to continue to get that message out and to bring that message back to Dubuque and organizations Iâm going to be speaking to about the critical need for a strong international presence,â Buol sai d.
IOWA DEMS HONOR 3 LOCAL NATIVES
The Iowa Democratic Party is honoring three Dubuque County natives.
Terry Stewart, Judy Schmidt and R.R.S. Stewart were expected to receive the Minnette Doderer Outstanding Leadership Award âin recognition of their outstanding leadership in Democratic initiatives,â according to a press release from the state party. The award was scheduled to be presented at the partyâs Hall of Fame Dinner on Saturday night.
âThe Schmidt-Stewart family is not only an example of how dedicated activism can bring about real change, but how, by reaching out
and engaging to those close to us, we can exponentially
increase our footprint,â said Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price in the release. âThere is virtually no part of the Iowa Democratic Party that hasnât been touched by the activism of the Schmidt-Stewart family.â
The release outlin ed the efforts of the three: âTerry first became involved in Democratic activism after being inspired by John F. Kennedy to seek the best in government. Judy got active in Democratic politics by working in a grass-roots effort to get Jimmy Carter elected president. R.R.S was born into a lifetime of Democratic involvement and has since become involved in her local NAACP branch and Dubuque for Refugees. Between them, Terry, Judy and R.R.S. have worked with dozens of community groups, committees and fellow activists to make Iowa a better place for all people, especially people of color and immigrants.â
ERNST PUSHES EPA NOMINEES TO âKEEP THEIR WORDâ
Ernst urged integrity when questioning a pair of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nominees last week during a meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Citing âquestionable decisionsâ made by embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Ernst told nominees William McIntosh and
Peter C. Wright that it is âimportant to understand what the courses of action are if you do witness additional impropriety.â
âExcessive and unnecessary spending, unacceptable uses of agency resources â" the list goes on and on,â Ernst said in a press release.
She also noted Pruittâs efforts to scale back the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires oil refineries to use a certain amount of biofuels â" such as ethanol â" in gasoline production.
âUnfortunately, there have been instances where Iâve been made promises by the EPA, even in writing, only to have them reneged upon,â Ernst said. âIâm told one thing and then find out in a press report that the EPA is doing exactly what they told me they wouldnât do.â
IOWA REUNION IN D.C.
Ernst and Grassley had a reunion last week with another Republican with Iowa ties.
Longtime Iowa Gov. Terry Branst ad, now the U.S. ambassador to China, met with the pair of Iowa senators in Washington, D.C.
The trioâs discussion included the relationship between the U.S. and China and developments regarding North Korea, according to a joint press release from Ernst and Grassley.
âOne topic of concern was trade between the United States and China and the impact tariffs will have on Iowa agriculture,â the release stated. âAnother focus of the meeting was production of the deadly drug fentanyl in China and its increasing consumption in America as the country faces a growing opioid, heroin and fentanyl epidemic.â
The Iowa State Education Associationâs Political Action Committee endorsed Democratic candidate Fred Hubbell for governor of Iowa.
The move came after an interview with Hubbell last week.
His Republican opponent, Gov. Kim Reynolds, was invited to an interview but did not respond to a r equest, according to an association press release.Copyright, Telegraph Herald. This story cannot be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior authorization from the TH.Sumber: Google News | Liputan 24 Buol