Right now, Iowans are facing tough times.
The pandemic has threatened and disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives from our personal and public health to our jobs, small businesses and supply chains. Iowans are also rightfully frustrated because there’s uncertainty around schools reopening safely after months of working from home, while also taking care of and even teaching their kids.
On top of that, the derecho has caused unthinkable damage — and even before this crisis farm bankruptcies were at an eight-year high.
I know we’re going to get through this and understand the struggles that Iowans are facing right now because I’ve been there myself. …
Growing up on the Greenfield farm, my parents raised hogs, row crops and five kids. They also taught us hard work and resilience.
I remember the Russian grain embargo and seeing firsthand how bad decisions in Washington can directly and negatively affect the lives of our farm families.
When the farm crisis hit in the 1980s, families like mine were in ruin. My siblings and I worked part-time jobs to pitch in, my family sold our crop dusting business and we never farmed again. We went to auctions and watched families box up all of their belongings and sell them. …
Iowa is a state of small towns and small businesses. But too often, politicians in Washington spend their time looking out for their corporate donors, while our small businesses and workers get stuck with the short end of the stick.
I’m not taking a dime of corporate PAC money and I’m releasing the start of my economic agenda that actually puts Iowa’s small businesses, workers and farmers first. These policy priorities will help protect and grow the small businesses that make Iowa special, while increasing wages and expanding good-paying job opportunities.
That starts by providing relief and more opportunities for small businesses, investing in jobs and skills training programs, and finally passing a robust infrastructure plan, while also making sure we’re producing goods here in America, so that we are not so reliant on foreign countries like China. We must all make sure economic growth includes every Iowan by tearing down systemic barriers to employment and opportunity. …
As I hear from Iowans going through tough times like losing their job, struggling to make ends meet, and even losing a loved one — it’s personal to me.
I’ll never forget when my family had to stop farming and sell our crop-dusting business during the farm crisis of the 1980s, or how Social Security survivor benefits kept me out of poverty as a young widow with two kids.
During tough times like these, we need to put politics aside and stay focused on helping our neighbors and coming together. That’s how I’ve gotten back on my feet before and how we’re going to get to the other end of this pandemic. I’m proud and thankful to see the hard work and sacrifice of our frontline health care workers, first responders, sanitation workers, grocery store clerks, farmers, truck drivers, bus drivers, and delivery people, among many others showing up to do live-saving and essential work. …
Theresa Greenfield’s Plan to Put Iowa Workers First While Combating COVID-19
Growing up on my family farm, my dad always used to say, “There are no boy jobs or girl jobs. Just jobs that need to get done.”
That couldn’t be any more true right now.
As the threat of the coronavirus grows, there are not Republican jobs or Democratic jobs in Washington. There are just jobs that need to get done to give Iowans a hand up during these uncertain times.
Like many of you, I’m growing even more frustrated that our government wasn’t prepared for this challenge, but this isn’t the time to point fingers or play political games. …
From the first day businesswoman Theresa Greenfield launched her campaign for Senate, she committed to fighting the culture of corruption in Washington and restoring trust in our democracy. She’s pledged not to accept corporate PAC money and support sweeping reforms that ensure Washington politicians put the needs of Iowa first.
Theresa understands that too many families in Iowa can’t catch a break. They’re worried about struggling to pay their health care bills, threats to Social Security, wages that don’t support families and rural farm communities that have been left behind. …