Used to be that Idaho farmers could count on Idaho’s congressional delegation to look out for this $7.7 billion industry. U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador doesn’t seem concerned about that. The Tea Party loves him though.
Farm Bill failure disappointing for Idaho ag groups
by Sean Olson
Published: June 21,2013
Idaho agriculture groups are frustrated at the House’s failure to pass the federal farm bill.
Idaho agricultural groups are frustrated by further setbacks in the federal farm bill, a version of which has been rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives.
For two years farmers have been lobbying hard to make changes to the farm bill that would cut costs and provide the industry with a safety net.
Travis Jones, executive director of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, said there were tough decisions made by farmers across the country to ensure that the agricultural side of the bill was palatable for lawmakers who are dead set on budget cuts.
Some Republicans scoffed at the bill’s price tag, including U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who voted against it. His colleague, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, voted for the bill.
“If the bill would have been written in a more fiscally-responsible way, it would have earned enough Republican support to overcome the House Democrats who voted against it,” Labrador said in a statement June 21.
…. from Idaho Business Review (paid subscription)