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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Wealthy Environmentalists Win, Farmers Lose

September 24, 2009

Washington, DC -- Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. gave the following speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on September 24, 2009:

Mr. Speaker:

Over the last few days, thanks to Sean Hannity, millions of people have seen or heard about the plight of farmers and farm workers in central California.

In some areas, over 40% are unemployed, and many thousands are having to stand in food lines so their family can have something to eat.

Farms have dried up because the federal government has cut off their water to save a two-inch minnow elsewhere.  This will drive up food costs everywhere.

What many do not know is that the House voted on this issue twice, on June 18th and again on July 23rd. 

On the first vote, 171 Republicans voted for the farmers, 215 Democrats voted for the minnow.

On the second vote, 176 Republicans – all but one – voted for the farmers, all but three Democrats voted for the fish.

Unfortunately, neither vote was close.  Wealthy environmentalists won, the farmers and farm workers lost.