Equipment Dealers Association Presents Senator Joni Ernst with Legislative Leadership Award

ST. LOUIS, MO (March 7, 2019) – The Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) presented its third annual Legislative Leadership Award to Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa in Washington D.C. as part of a joint legislative fly-in hosted by EDA and the Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association (INEDA). The Fly-In ran from March 5-6 and was attended by over 40 agriculture and construction equipment dealers from around the country.

One of the EDA’s core functions is advocacy for federal legislation which positively impacts the way equipment dealers and their customers do business.  In recognition of the important role that our legislators play in promoting and protecting our members’ interests, EDA established the Legislative Leadership Award and is proud to present this award to Senator Ernst.

Senator Ernst, native of Red Oak, Iowa, has dedicated her life to her state and country, having served in the military for over 23 years and now in the United States Senate. In November 2014, Senator Ernst was elected as the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and also became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. In Washington, Senator Ernst serves on five Senate committees of major importance: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; Judiciary; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Senator Ernst has been an advocate for the Farm Bill, common sense tax reform, education and rural development.  She voted “Yes” for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and championed the protection of farmers who rely on crop insurance in the 2018 Farm Bill. Furthermore, Senator Ernst and a bipartisan group of lawmakers recently introduced legislation to reform the process for an administration to issue tariffs on the basis of national security threats to better align with the original intent of the law and to increase congressional oversight of the process. “When bad actors abuse and take advantage of our trade policies in a way that threatens our national security, the president needs to have tools available—such as tariffs under Section 232—to hold them accountable. However, the Department of Defense, not the Department of Commerce, should evaluate and verify the national security basis for these tariffs. Increasing congressional oversight will help the president make decisions that support American jobs while protecting our national security,” said Senator Ernst.

“We are privileged to present Senator Ernst with the Equipment Dealers Association Legislative Leadership Award during the Fly-In,” said Kim Rominger, President and CEO of the EDA. “The purpose of this award is to recognize leaders in Washington who promote legislation that benefits our industry and advances EDA’s mission of building the best business environment for equipment dealers.  Senator Ernst is the epitome of an advocate for agriculture and we thank her for her efforts to protect American trade and support farmers.”

Additional information about Senator Joni Ernst and EDA’s Legislative Leadership Award is available here.