For Immediate Release
September 27, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on Chuck Grassley’s Reelection Campaign
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, “On Notice” Sen. Chuck Grassley announced his campaign for reelection. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement in response:
“Throughout his 40-year career in the Senate, Chuck Grassley has chosen to advance his party’s extreme agenda and enrich his special interest donors at the expense of hardworking Iowans. Chuck Grassley’s record reads like a laundry list of bad decisions: He helped pass the law that banned Medicare from negotiating cheaper drug prices, rolled back protections on Wall Street at the expense of Iowa’s workers, voted to deny Iowans urgently needed funds for COVID-19 recovery, and undermined reproductive and women’s rights by voting to defund Planned Parenthood and against equal pay protections. After 40 years of Chuck Grassley’s failures, Iowans have an opportunity to replace him with a new leader who will fight to make Iowa a more prosperous, more just place to live, work, and raise a family.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.