U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro has thrown in with his reactionary House Republican colleagues in a divide-and-conquer strategy on the farm bill. Divide it between nutrition support and farm subsidies and then the Club for Growth types like Tom Cotton can slash spending on food for poor working people and children.
Crawford stands with the Club for Growth on this one. As the Arkansas Democratic Party points out, that puts him at odds with just about every agricultural organization that counts.
It is also, like the Republican bill in the House to screw college students on their loan program, not going anywhere in the Senate, so it's just more roadblocking by the reactionaries like Tim Griffin.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEWS RELEASE
Little Rock, AR — Arkansas farmers have made it clear they don’t support splitting the farm bill: but that didn’t stop Congressman Crawford from stating yesterday that he supports the split, which could cause the bill to fail yet again.
“Congressman Crawford’s refusal to stand up for Arkansas farmers is just the latest example of Congressman Crawford putting the dysfunctional politics of Washington over Arkansas’ families,” said Candace Martin of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, “Under Congressman Crawford, Congress has failed to pass a farm bill for two years in a row, leaving farmers without the stability and security which they deserve. Now, Congressman Crawford is jeopardizing passage of the Farm Bill again, as he ignores the farmers in his district who want Congressman Crawford to stop playing these broken D.C. politics and finally get to work solving this problem.”
Over 532 agriculture groups — including the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Arkansas Farmers Union, Arkansas Rice Federation, Arkansas Rice Producers’ Group, Arkansas State Sheep Council, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, and the Agriculture Council of Arkansas— oppose Congressman Crawford’s proposal to split the farm Bill.
Congressman Crawford Supported Splitting Farm Bill.
“Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, said Tuesday he would reluctantly support his GOP leaders in splitting the bill if they determine that is needed to gain passage of the bill.” [Arkansas News, 7/09/13]
Arkansas Farm Groups Opposed Splitting Farm Bill, Saying Split Would Cause Bill to Fail Again. The Agriculture Council of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Arkansas Farmers Union, Arkansas Rice Federation, Arkansas Rice Producers’ Group, Arkansas State Sheep Council, and the Farm Credit of Western Arkansas wrote to SpeakerBoehner with other agriculture groups urging, “Farm bills represent a delicate balance between America’s farm, nutrition, conservation, and other priorities, and accordingly require strong bipartisan support […] We believe that splitting the nutrition title from the rest of the bill could result in neither farm nor nutrition programs passing, and urge you to move a unified farm bill forward.” [Letter to Speaker Boehner (available here), 7/02/13]
Agricultural Council of Arkansas: House of Representatives Left Farmers “Out to Dry” With Farm Bill Failure. The president of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas saidafter the failure of the farm bill, “Unfortunately, a hyper-partisan House of Representatives has left farmers, businesses and consumers out to dry.” [City Wire, 6/21/13]