Saturday, September 15, 2007

McHenry, Foxx, Myrick hang NC farmers out to dry

At least they tried to . . .

Republican Congressmen Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, and Sue Myrick refused to sign a letter to help North Carolina farmers get federal disaster assistance, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

A bipartisan coalition of 10 of North Carolina’s 13 congressional members wrote a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, asking for help.

The letter comes as the state’s soybean, peanut, and Irish potato production are down by 31, 21, and 15 percent, respectively, from last year.

"This is not a partisan problem, and both parties’ leaderships need to be aware of the severity of the problem," Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-7th, told the Winston-Salem Journal.

McIntyre spearheaded the effort.

But Republican obstructionists McHenry, Foxx, and Myrick all allowed partisanship to get in the way of helping their constituents.

Foxx refused to speak to the Journal and had a spokesman respond by e-mail.

Their silence is deafening to the numbers of North Carolina farmers who will face hard times this year.

"It’s severe," Blake Brown, a professor of agricultural economics at NC State, told the Winston-Salem Journal. "There are people who have to sell their cattle because they don’t have enough grass or hay to feed them through the winter."

From Jerimee's post at BlueNC

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