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Farm Bill

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. HOCHUL. Imagine if our farmers did their jobs the way Congress has been doing its job. I know what you're thinking. We'd all starve, wouldn't we? We've got a job to do, folks, and you just heard it from my colleague on the other side of the aisle.

There is no reason that our pleas for help on behalf of our farmers should go unheeded. We've been asking since early this summer to give the farmers the certainty they need to be able to do their jobs on our behalf in order to protect our food security, which is linked to our national security. It expires in a couple of weeks.

I don't want to go home and my colleagues don't want to go home--we don't want to leave this body--until we do our jobs on behalf of the farmers. If anyone thinks that a 6-month extension--kicking the can down the road--is sufficient, well, I encourage you to go visit my farmers, particularly my dairy farmers--the McCormacks, the Berwangers, the Nobles, the Zittels, the Kerners--who are the people I've met over our 5-week break who thought for sure we'd be able to pull together in a bipartisan way and do it.

There is still time, Mr. Speaker. I don't want to go home. Let's not go home until we take care of our farmers and get the job done right.

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