I was asked to attend a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, July 10. This was a bipartisan meeting, set to build relationships and communication between the White House and state and local officials.
It was an honor to be asked to attend. There was no taxpayer funding of this trip. I felt it was important to go, so we changed our family vacation plans around and headed to Washington.
While there, we met with several members of the administration including: Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella, U.S. Department of Labor; Administrator Linda McMahon, U.S. Small Business Administration; Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Douglas Hoelscher, deputy assistant to the President and director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs; Matthew Whitaker, chief of staff, U.S. Department of Justice; Under Secretary Greg Ibach, U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, state of Iowa; and U.S. Rep. David Young, state of Iowa.
The meeting concluded with a surprise visit by Vice President Mike Pence.
This administration has been incredibly accessible when it comes to communication and I appreciate their efforts. They made it clear that while we may not always like the the answer they provide, they want to provide an answer.
This administration cares about Iowa. The same week the Iowa delegation was at the White House, the vice president was in Cedar Rapids and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon met with the governor to co-host a Women's Small Business Roundtable.
I am encouraged by the White House's willingness to reach out to Iowa, share their work and listen to our concerns.