Greenfield Statement Calling for Urgent Action in U.S. Senate to Protect Public Workers

As the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Senator Ernst “wasn’t concerned about delays” for COVID-19 relief, businesswoman and candidate for U.S. Senate Theresa Greenfield is releasing the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to take immediate action to address the urgent economic and fiscal crisis facing state, local and county governments: 

“From protecting the nurses taking care of our veterans and our first responders keeping us safe to workers helping folks file unemployment and sanitation workers keeping our streets clean, public employees have never been more essential. If I were in the U.S. Senate today, I’d be demanding urgent and direct economic aid for states, cities, and towns to invest in the essential workers and services that keep our communities running. We also need more direct payments for working families,” said Theresa Greenfield. “I’m frustrated that Washington first failed to act without delay, and then favored corporate special interests while our workers still don’t have what they need.  

“Before this pandemic, our workers were already doing a lot with a little. We cannot afford for any more workers to lose their jobs or for any of our communities to stop the essential services we all rely on. The best way to safely reopen this economy is by ensuring our communities have the funding they need. It’s time to stop the political games, and get this job done for Iowans.” 

Theresa has previously released two plans to address COVID-19, while putting workers and small businesses first, including ramping up PPE, expanding paid sick leave, and more direct payments for workers.

Additionally, Theresa has called for an Emergency Temporary Standard to increase workplace protections for essential workers, including Iowans who work at meat processing plants. 

In addition to postponing in-person events, the Greenfield for Iowa campaign is taking precautions by having all staff work remotely and encouraging social distancing practices at all times. The campaign also recently launched a new webpage to help Iowans vote by mail so that all Iowans can participate safely in the upcoming election. For more information on Iowa’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website.