By South Hill Enterprise staff writer
Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt sat down with area agriculture producers and farmers Monday for a roundtable discussion at the R. T. Arnold Library on the issues affecting them most. Hurt reminded those assembled of his rural upbringing and pledged to maintain an open-door policy with constituents during his tenure in Congress.
"I am here to encourage dialogue about how we in Washington, D. C. can make your life more successful," said Hurt. I take my responsibilities in Washington seriously. The new (Republican) majority has tremendous responsibility to reduce the size and scope of government. We have to find ways to reduce regulatory burdens." The negativity attached to the word "regulatory" was quickly apparent among those assembled Monday. Many verbally lamented, with all agreeing, that big government had all but squashed any remaining hopes of realizing the American dream in even a modest fashion on the modern farm. Mecklenburg County resident and farmer R. Hart Hudson captured the essence of the burden that he and others said they had been dealing with for some time in the wake of increasing government regulations for agriculture-based industry in the U.S.
"It's in labor. It's in fuel. It's in utilities. It's in agriculture in every facet. We need some relief from it," said Hudson.
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