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White House And One Senate Democrat Blocking Critical Aid For Farmers

- August 13, 2012

Today, Obama is campaigning on Iowa where he will seek to exploit for political gain a drought that is crushing farmers. Unfortunately for him, a bill to provide critical assistance to farmers passed the House of Representatives this month and is sitting in the Senate because of the objections of just ONE Senate Democrat. Barack Obama demonstrated no leadership in helping farmers before he had to hit the campaign trail and launch politically disingenuous attacks against Paul Ryan. Check out the facts below:

Obama Campaigning In Iowa On Emergency Drought Relief, Similar To What Rep. Paul Ryan Voted For Earlier This  Month

Earlier This Month, The U.S. House Of Representatives Voted For The Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act Of 2012. (H.R. 6233, Roll Call Vote #554, Passed 223-197: R 188-46; D 35-151; Ryan Voted Aye, 8/2/12)

  • The Bill Would Provide $383 Million In Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance To Farmers Affected By The Drought. (“Estimated Effects On Direct Spending Of H.R. 6233,” Congressional Budget Office, 8/1/12)

Senate Aides Say The White House Would Have Supported The Bill But Caved To Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) Objections To The Measure. “Moments after the House passed its bill, Ms. Stabenow took to the Senate floor to say that lawmakers would instead work informally over the August recess to try to put together a new measure to present to Congress when it meets in September. The White House would have considered the House measure, but she resisted, Senate aides said.” (Jennifer Steinhauer, “Pile Of Bills Left Behind As Congress Goes To Campaign,” The New York Times, 8/2/12)

  • The Democrat Senate Left For A Five-Week Recess Without Considering The Bill. “An effort to provide emergency aid for American ranchers and farmers reeling from a year of drought, frost and other calamities collapsed on Thursday as members of Congress departed for their five-week August recess, leaving behind a pile of unfinished legislation as they go home to campaign for re-election.” (Jennifer Steinhauer, “Pile Of Bills Left Behind As Congress Goes To Campaign,” The New York Times, 8/2/12)

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