If President Obama were serious about helping farmers and ranchers address the ongoing drought, why doesn’t he urge Senate Democrats to pass the bipartisan House measure that was approved 11 days ago?
Instead, the president continues to blame anyone and everyone for failing to respond to the drought but himself.* Here’s a few quick facts that President Obama wants you to ignore today:
- Eleven days ago, the House passed a bipartisan bill to help livestock producers devastated by the drought;
- The Democratic-controlled Senate refused to take up this bipartisan bill before it adjourned for the August district work period;
- According to press reports, the President would have signed this bill – but Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senate Democrats refused to act, leaving livestock producers high-and-dry over August; and
- See New York Times here: “The White House would have considered the House measure, but [Stabenow] resisted, Senate aides said.”
Ahead of President Obama’s visit to Iowa today – as was reported in the New York Times – Speaker Boehner made clear that the House took bipartisan action to help farmers and ranchers – a fact that the president conveniently likes to forget:
“You know the president — he’s going to be here in a couple of days … Some of you might want to remind him when he comes that the House passed a bill last week to help those in the livestock industry.”
A bipartisan House majority took responsible action to help farmers and ranchers suffering from this drought. It’s unfortunate that Senate Democrats have blocked this relief package from getting to those in need. If the president wanted to help those farmers and ranchers who are suffering, he should pick up the phone, call Senate Democratic leaders, and tell them to do the right thing.
* UPDATED @ 4:30 PM ET: Clarifies that the president is blaming others for failing to respond to the drought when he has yet to urge Senate Democrats to adopt a bipartisan drought-relief measure passed by the House.