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Weather, politics sizzle at Ernst's Roast and Ride event
Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | June 3 2017 | Erin Murphy, Rod Boshart

Posted on 06/04/2017 8:49:59 AM PDT by iowamark

The hog roast was popular once again, but the previous administration’s health care reform also was on the menu after being roasted by the new vice president.

Vice President Mike Pence, speaking Saturday at U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s annual GOP fundraiser, said Congress must make it a priority to get to President Donald Trump’s desk a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known better to the folks at Saturday’s event as Obamacare.

The U.S. House has passed a bill that would undo much of the health care reform implemented under former President Barack Obama. The U.S. Senate plans to craft its own health care bill in the coming weeks.

“We must come together with Congress to repeal Obamacare,” Pence said at Ernst’s third annual “Roast and Ride.” “The Obamacare nightmare is about to end, and it’s about time.”

Pence was the main draw to the third annual event, which was held at the Central Iowa Expo. Then-candidate Trump spoke at least year’s event, and the inaugural event in 2015 included seven GOP presidential candidates — but not Trump.

Pence, a motorcycle rider, did not participate in the fundraiser’s 49-mile motorcycle ride. But he hopped on a Harley-Davidson and rode roughly a couple hundred yards to the event stage.

Pence spoke about many of Trump’s policy goals: reducing federal regulations, creating jobs, rebuilding the military, and reducing illegal immigration and abortion.

But health care reform was the topic on which Pence spoke most. He said Congress should pass a bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act’s mandates, “reform and strengthen” Medicaid, and gives state flexibility to decide how best to cover the population’s most vulnerable.

“Congress must come together under the leadership of President Donald Trump and relieve Iowa and relieve America and repeal Obamacare,” Pence said.

Chuck Grassley, Iowa’s longtime Republican U.S. Senator, said Congress has not yet done enough to help Trump pass the agenda upon which he campaigned.

“Congress has a responsibility to help Trump deliver on those campaign promises,” Grassley said. “So far we have not produced the way we should produce, and I hope that we can get back to getting together in unanimity to get things done. Because there’s so much that needs to be done.”...

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: chuckgrassley; joniernst; mikepence; timscott
Joni Ernst and Mike Pence arrive:

1 posted on 06/04/2017 8:49:59 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
Reminds me of Rex Tillerson and that NY Rep riding in Rolling Thunder.
Hard to imagine any Dems on bikes, unless it's Obama on a bicycle wearing mom jeans....
2 posted on 06/04/2017 8:54:57 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Psalm 73
Actually, Zer0 was into horseback riding, double. Putin-Obama photo putin-obama-horse.png
3 posted on 06/04/2017 9:11:06 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: iowamark

Once again CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama family did not RSVP their invitations to attend the annual Hog Roast and pig barbeque.

4 posted on 06/04/2017 9:22:24 AM PDT by Vlad The Inhaler (Best Long Term Prepper Tactic: Beat The Muslim Demographic Tsnami - Have Big Families)
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To: Vlad The Inhaler

Bet that beer was available at the Hog Roast. Muzzies no like.

5 posted on 06/04/2017 9:46:56 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam. Buy ammo.")
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