Tuesday, third district Republican congressional candidate David Young blasted his opponent, Cindy Axne, and congressional Democrats for failing to compromise with Republican on a much anticipated COVID-19 relief package. In a statement provided to Iowa Field Report, Young made his feelings clear by expressing outrage that Axne returned home to campaign, rather than make a deal for the people she serves.  

“The U.S. House of Representatives is broken, pure, and simple. The President and the Republican-led Senate have been coming to the table and offering solutions for the coronavirus relief package,” began Young. 

“After three weeks, Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have stuck to their partisan political wish list and talking points without being serious about negotiating a compromise package.  These aren’t the actions of leaders serious about finding a solution. These are the actions of partisan politicians playing politics with the lives and livelihoods of the American people,” he said.  Because of Congress’s inaction, President Trump felt he had no choice but to issue executive orders to help bring relief to the American people.  The solution should have come about with Congress coming to the table and acting in good faith with a legislative package and regular order.”

Congresswoman Axne has touted her relationship with Speaker Pelosi as a helpful asset to distinct voters. Young asks what value has come to the voters as a result of that relationship, “And where is Cindy Axne in all of this? She claims to have the ear of Speaker Pelosi. If so, what is she telling her? She needs to be telling Speaker Pelosi to get serious about coming to the table and being serious about negotiating on the current coronavirus relief package.”

“Democratic House leadership has sent its members home – meaning Cindy Axne is back in the Third District – instead of in Washington, D.C. working to find a solution and get a bill done. As Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer wrote in a joint statement, ‘Lives are being lost, and time is of the essence.’ They’re right. It’s time for Cindy Axne and Nancy Pelosi to quit playing games and get to work,” declared Young. 

David Young served as the U.S Representative for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District from 2015 to 2019. He was first elected in 2014 and was reelected in 2016, serving on the Committee on Appropriations for four years, but lost his seat to Cindy Axne by 2.2 % in the 2018 midterms.

Previously, Young was chief of staff to Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley from 1998 to 2006 and 2006 to 2013.