Senator Ernst Is Calling for Unity, but Not a Security Detail for Each Member of Congress

Jun 15, 2017

Iowa’s junior U.S. Senator is describing the mood at the Capitol as somber following the shootings at a Republican Congressional baseball practice. But Joni Ernst is hesitant to call for security to accompany each member of Congress.

Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst
Credit Office of Sen. Joni Ernst

Capitol police were at the ball field in Alexandria, Virginia, because of the presence of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot. They have been praised for their quick action to prevent more casualties. Republican Senator Ernst says members of Congress need to be vigilant, but she’s uncertain if they need armed protection.

“I don’t know if we’re to the level where we all need security details," she says. "But, it does make us think a little bit more after yesterday’s incident.”

Ernst says it’s a time to focus on ways to unite both sides of the aisle instead of dividing them.

“The thought is we need to come together, but we need to remain vigilant," she says. "And let’s just focus on getting our work done, and do the best we can to do it in a bipartisan manner.”