Adding to the chorus of displeasure over the government shutdown and lack of a new farm bill, on Friday the Agricultural Council of Arkansas sent letters to President Obama and Arkansas lawmakers in Congress.
The council says the letters call upon Washington “to quickly reopen the government, raise the debt ceiling, and work together to pass a comprehensive plan to reduce the nation’s deficits and debt. The letter also encouraged Congress and the President to quickly pass a farm bill as an effort to reduce the deficit, reform entitlements, and grow the economy. The current farm bill law expired on October 1 in conjunction with the government shutdown.”
The letters say the “strategies employed to date” leading to the current impasse “have proven to be unachievable, they set a bad precedence, and they jeopardize the already fragile economy…”
After encouraging the quick passage of a comprehensive farm bill, the letter closes by asking the lawmakers to “take all necessary steps to avoid this type of toxic, hyper-partisan confrontation in the future. It is highly disappointing that through this process, Congress continues to receive their paychecks when their efforts have put many Americans out of work, caused endless frustration to the American public, and weakened our nation’s standing in the world.”
Read the full letters here.