House Democrats Thursday passed legislation
FRENCH HILL BIPARTISAN? You decide.
to provide money for the Agriculture Department
and Food and Drug Administration,
with all four Arkansas Republicans opposing
the measure. Stay on for a dose of GOP hypocrisy from Rep. French Hill.
The money would resume food safety inspection and provide money for rural development, among other issues of seeming importance to people in Arkansas. Ten Republicans (none from Arkansas) joined Democrats in supporting the legislation, almost identical to a bill that passed the Senate 92-6 in August. It's unlikely to fare so well in the Senate now,
because Senate leadership has caved to Donald Trump's
insistence that government operations be shut down until he gets $5 billion for a border wall. Democrats have supported additional spending for border security, but not $5 billion and not for a wall.
Republican support for Trump among Arkansas congressmen is not surprising, but it was accompanied by this contemporaneous dose of hypocrisy from millionaire former banker French Hill,
the Republican from Little Rock. Remember that Hill, talking about the negativism "engulfing" the news and invoking the "spirit of bipartisanship," spent millions in a re-election campaign painting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
as an evil socialist and opponent Clarke Tucker
an enabler of violent drug gangs from Central American.