Loebsack Statement on Expiration of Farm Bill Print
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:27

Because of Republican inaction, farm policy reverts to 1949 law

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the 2008 farm bill was allowed to expire without being extended or renewed.  Because of the inaction by Congressional Republicans, farm policy now reverts back to laws written over 60 years ago.

“It was just another thumb in the eye to rural Iowans when Republicans closed up shop in Washington and gaveled down Congress until after the election without even considering an extension of a farm bill.  This is simply inexcusable to punt the issue down the road when Iowa farmers continue to deal with the worst drought in decades.

“I have shown my willingness to work across the aisle to help our farmers and actually get work done.  And I have called on Congress to come back in session to deal with this and many other critical issues that are just sitting on the table. Now is the time for leaders on both sides of the aisle to work together and find a way forward.  Our farmers, livestock producers and rural communities deserve nothing less.”

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