June 11, 2015 | Press Release
“TWIN CITIES TIM” CASTS ANOTHER ANTI-FARMER VOTE
Hagedorn: The First District deserves a full-time advocate for farmers and agriculture.
Blue Earth – For the second time in three weeks incumbent Democrat congressman Tim Walz has voted against bipartisan House agriculture legislation designed to avert imposition of devastating Canadian and Mexican tariffs against key agricultural sectors.
On June 10th, Walz voted “no” on final passage of H.R. 2393, legislation to repeal U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and poultry. Walz was on the losing side of a lopsided 300-131 vote. The overwhelming majority of House Agriculture Committee members, including Democrats, voted for H.R. 2393. Previously, Walz voted against the bill when it was considered and passed in committee, 38-6.
“Once again, Tim Walz has joined forces with urban Democrats and the far-left to vote against the interests of southern Minnesota’s grain and livestock farmers and our rural economy,” said First District Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn.
“This is just the latest in a long list of anti-farmer, anti-agriculture, anti-rural Minnesota votes ‘Twin Cities Tim’ has cast during his decade in DC,” said Hagedorn. “Tim’s so out-of-touch he isn’t even faking support for farmers anymore,” he said.
The World Trade Organization has repeatedly branded U.S. country-of-origin labeling rules as “out of compliance” and an unfair trade practice vis-à-vis Canada and Mexico. Numerous agricultural groups, including the Farm Bureau and those representing pork, beef and poultry farmers, strongly support repeal of the COOL rules.
“I applaud the House’s action, as tariffs aimed at U.S. agricultural interests would cause grave economic hardship and hurt our small communities,” Hagedorn said. “Agriculture remains the backbone of southern Minnesota’s economy. First District residents deserve a full-time advocate for farmers and agriculture,” Hagedorn concluded.
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