Har­ris Be­trayal

Kent County News - - OPINION -

To the ed­i­tor:

Andy Har­ris be­trayed the Shore by vot­ing no on the Farm Bill.

In a time when our fed­eral govern­ment is so di­vided by party and our farm­ers are be­ing hurt by the trade war, it was great to see both sides of the aisle come to­gether and pass the Agri­cul­ture Im­prove­ment Act of 2018, bet­ter known as the Farm Bill.

The bill does many won­der­ful things in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing per­ma­nent fund­ing for farm­ers mar­kets and lo­cal food pro­grams, pre­serv­ing a con­ser­va­tion pro­gram that pays farm­ers to strengthen con­ser­va­tion ef­forts on their farms and also expanding farm sub­si­dies to en­cour­age more peo­ple to be in­volved in farm­ing.

The bill also le­gal­izes hemp pro­duc­tion, which is a roughly $1 bil­lion in­dus­try and se­cures $300 mil­lion in manda­tory fund­ing for clean­ing up the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

Those are just some of the amaz­ing things this new law of­fers. That is why I was en­raged af­ter look­ing at how all the rep­re­sen­ta­tives voted on this leg­is­la­tion I no­ticed our Rep. Andy Har­ris was the only Mary­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive to vote “no” on this bill.

Rep. Har­ris’ in­abil­ity to com­pro­mise and get leg­isla­tive goals ac­com­plished for the district led him to vote against a bill that over­whelm­ingly helps our com­mu­ni­ties and farm­ers.

As the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of an Eastern Shore ma­jor­ity con­gres­sional district where farm­ing is one of our big­gest in­dus­tries, it was noth­ing short of a be­trayal that Dr. Har­ris voted against this bill and a clear sign that this district needs new lead­er­ship who will vote with our in­ter­ests in mind in 2020.

Jared Sch­ablein


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