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March 29, 2017

Majority Leader, and Democratic Whip- Discuss Farm Bill on Floor

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Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) colloquy regarding the Farm Bill on the House floor today.

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Colleen McCain Nelson reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “President Barack Obama, facing a likely escalation of sniping on spending and debt this fall, delivered a long and impassioned plea Wednesday for a change in the Washington economic debate, away from arguments over budgets to a focus on the long-term condition of the middle class and American competitiveness.

“In the first of a series of about a half-dozen speeches that will lay out his blueprint for sustained economic growth, Mr. Obama offered mostly familiar policy prescriptions.”

The Journal article noted that, “Sprinkled throughout the speech were familiar proposals, including calls for investments in infrastructure; government job training programs that are more directly connected to business needs; expanded pre-kindergarten programs; federal policies designed to reduce college costs; and an increased minimum wage.

“He also called for an end to the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester, which he described as a meat cleaver that has cost jobs and harmed growth. And he made a new pitch for an overhaul of the immigration system, saying more legal immigrants could pay the taxes to help finance imperiled retirement programs.”

Ms. Nelson added that, “In a new twist, the president drew a clearer distinction between House and Senate Republicans, praising those in the Senate who are willing to work toward compromise and those who helped pass the immigration bill.

“‘But a faction of Republicans in the House won’t even give that bill a vote, and gutted a farm bill that America’s farmers and most vulnerable children depend on,’ Mr. Obama said.”

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