My Reaction to the Farm Bill and the President's Speech

Senator Saxby Chambliss
2013-05-24 08:34:36
United States Senator For Georgia Saxby Chambliss Dear Friends, This week, the Senate has been discussing the reauthorization of the farm bill. As a former chairman and ranking member of the Agriculture Committee, I am pleased that this bill works to combine all the diverse interests and meets the needs of all crops, regions, and rural and urban communities that the farm bill impacts. Agriculture is one of Georgia�s largest economic sectors, and I have worked hard on behalf of farmers and agribusiness to keep this vital sector thriving and contributing to Georgia's economic health. Last year when we went through this process, I was unable to support the bill. However, I feel that the Agriculture Committee has crafted a fair and equitable piece of legislation that benefits all regions and crops. Not only does this bill save $24 billion over 10 years, but it also provides an effective safety net for farmers to rely on in times of need. Ultimately, the reason we are here is to represent those who work the land each and every day to provide the highest quality agricultural products in the world.�I look forward to wrapping up discussion in the coming weeks. To watch my floor statement on the 2013 farm bill, click here. [link 1] Also this week, President Obama spoke on his plans to narrow future counterterrorism efforts.�I believe that the president�s speech will be viewed by terrorists as a victory. Rather than continuing successful counterterrorism activities, we are changing course with no clear operational benefit [link 2]. We knew five years ago that closing Guantanamo was a bad idea and would not work. Yet today�s speech [link 3] sends the message to Guantanamo detainees that if they harass the dedicated military personnel there enough, we will give in and send them home.�I also look forward to dialoguing with the administration on the president�s proposals on the use of drones in establishing the best policy to fight the war on terror.�As vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, our national security remains my top priority. To watch my weekly YouTube address in which I discuss these issues further, click below: [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/newsletter fiscal cliff image.png] [link 4] � Very Truly Yours, [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov/images/user_images/CSC-sig.jpg] Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter.
May 24, 2013

Dear Friends,

This week, the Senate has been discussing the reauthorization of the farm bill. As a former chairman and ranking member of the Agriculture Committee, I am pleased that this bill works to combine all the diverse interests and meets the needs of all crops, regions, and rural and urban communities that the farm bill impacts. Agriculture is one of Georgia�s largest economic sectors, and I have worked hard on behalf of farmers and agribusiness to keep this vital sector thriving and contributing to Georgia's economic health.

Last year when we went through this process, I was unable to support the bill. However, I feel that the Agriculture Committee has crafted a fair and equitable piece of legislation that benefits all regions and crops. Not only does this bill save $24 billion over 10 years, but it also provides an effective safety net for farmers to rely on in times of need.

Ultimately, the reason we are here is to represent those who work the land each and every day to provide the highest quality agricultural products in the world. I look forward to wrapping up discussion in the coming weeks.

To watch my floor statement on the 2013 farm bill, click Also this week, President Obama spoke on his plans to narrow future counterterrorism efforts. I believe that the president�s speech will be viewed by terrorists as a victory. Rather than continuing successful counterterrorism activities, .

We knew five years ago that closing Guantanamo was a bad idea and would not work. Yet today�s

Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter.

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