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Is the next COVID-19 relief proposal a 'blue state bailout'?
8th March 2021 • The Gazette Fact Checker • The Gazette
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Iowa’s 3rd District U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, the state’s lone Democrat in Congress, has come under scrutiny for her support of the White House’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, the American Rescue Plan.

A digital ad paid for by the American Action Network, a conservative issue advocacy group, recently urged constituents in targeted Democrat-held congressional districts, including Axne’s, to tell their representatives to oppose the package before it came to a vote in the House Feb. 27.

The Fact Checker looked into three claims the ad makes about the latest federal stimulus proposal, which the Senate began debating Friday in earnest.

The Fact Checker team checks statements made by an Iowa political candidate/officeholder or a national candidate/officeholder about Iowa, or in ads that appear in our market.

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This Fact Checker is hosted by Marissa Payne of The Gazette and features Erin Jordan, Michaela Ramm, and John Steppe. This episode is produced by Stephen Colbert and the music is Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod.