Senators Urge Vilsack to Not Attack Ag


U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) talks with supporters as he campaigns on December 1, 2008 in Perry, Georgia. Chambliss is up against Democrat Jim Martin in a runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat tomorrow.Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and seven other senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday expressing concerns about President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget and urged Vilsack to “refrain from pitting the needs of children against the men and women who produce the food, feed, fiber and fuel we consume every day.”

 “We think it is unfair and unproductive for you to attack the very farmers and ranchers

who form the foundation of our rural economy. These farmers and ranchers who

represent the vast majority of agricultural production deserve a USDA that will fairly represent them and not put forward false choices. USDA has responsibility for a wide variety of interests, certainly we should be able to advocate for one without vilifying another,” the letter emphasized.

In addition to Chambliss, the letter was signed by Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and David Vitter (R-La.).

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