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September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

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The Biden Administration has been telling us that “our borders are not open.” We all know that is
not a true statement. There was a migrant surge on our Mexican border of more than 200,000 in
the month of August. And now with the damaging weather problems in Haiti, a new explosion of
refugees just walked across the Rio Grande River into the US. The small city of Del Rio, Texas
had 15,000 Haitians under a bridge.

Yes- some of them will be deported, but many will not. Others will be allowed to claim asylum in the US. Our laws allow the migrants to be released in the U.S. to work until their asylum claims are heard by our courts. That can take years. They have education for their children and health care.

Countries with poor people, no opportunity, and war – of course they want to come to the US.
They think the door is open. But we need to close it. We can use more people, but we should pick
and choose and bring them in through a legal process. All the talk in Congress is focused on budget,
and funding bills. The turmoil and conflict are just beginning. My priority would be to pass the
bipartisan infrastructure bill. Hurricane Ida just reminded us how much work we have to do. Our
river transportation suffers from locks and dams that need repair. Don’t forget the roads, bridges,
and electricity grid. And broadband is desperately needed in many rural communities. There is no
justifiable reason to also spend an additional $3.5 trillion of our money. That is just too much.

Next up – trade. China wants to join the Transpacific Partnership Trade Agreement which has 11 Pacific Rim countries as members. The U.S. was a member and in fact helped write the agreement when Obama was President. Then, newly elected, President Trump withdrew our memberships. That was a terrible mistake. We don’t want to be on the outside looking in. President Biden should get the U.S. back into that Partnership, and then figure out how to deal with China’s request to join.

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September 3 2021

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National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.
They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural
America. Thank you.

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President Biden surrenders to the Taliban. The war in Afghanistan is officially over. After 20
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August 28 2021

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China lost more than half of their pork production because of deadly African Swine Fever. Then
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This and That

August 20 2021

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I’m going to target a number of timely issues today. But the one in the headlines is the almost
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Death Tax

August 12 2021

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We read and hear about a $3.5 trillion anti-poverty and climate bill the Democratic leadership wants to pass. But we can’t afford to spend that much money. They say, “no problem.…

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Farming - A Challenge

August 5 2021

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Issues

July 29 2021

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We have had a lot of hot days this summer. Heat can be even worse when it is accompanied by drought. Look at California – 95% of that state is in severe drought. Even here in…

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Issues

July 22 2021

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Gary Baise, an attorney with OFW, brought this to my attention. I am shocked. The U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling that gives California the right to deny the sale of pork,…

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Executive Orders

July 15 2021

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Last week President Biden signed a broad Executive Order designed to ensure that we have more competitive markets. We have too many huge corporations. They keep buying up their…

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