Gov. Reynolds meets with Cabinet members to discuss Iowa issues
Gov. Kim Reynolds met with several members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues important to Iowans.
She met with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry. The two talked about the importance of a diversified energy portfolio. Iowa has used its diversified energy portfolio to become a leader in biofuels and wind energy generation.
“My meeting with Secretary Perry continued the conversation I started with President Trump at the White House,” Gov. Reynolds said. “Secretary Perry is a strong supporter of states’ rights, and I was able to explain to him what Iowa is doing with renewables.”
The governor made a stop at the Office of Management and Budget to talk with Director Mick Mulvaney about the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“The RFS is incredibly important to Iowans,” Gov. Reynolds said. “I was grateful for the opportunity to discuss the need for a strong RFS with Director Mulvaney.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator Scott Pruitt met with the governor just one day after his agency moved to rescind the Clean Water Rule.
“In his few short months in office, Administrator Pruitt has already lived up to his commitment to restore power to the states and reduce unnecessary federal regulations stemming from the EPA,” Gov. Reynolds said.
The governor also met with Anne Hazlett, head of rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to discuss rural broadband expansion.
“Secretary Perdue has created an impressive team and shown his commitment to standing up for rural America,” Gov. Reynolds said. “I remain committed to connecting rural Iowa to the Internet. All Iowans deserve broadband access, regardless of where they live.”