Archive for Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jenkins, Schlingensiepen spar on farm bill

September 25, 2012, 10:10 a.m. Updated September 25, 2012, 12:17 p.m.

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— A U.S. House candidate from northeastern Kansas is criticizing incumbent Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins and Congress for failing to act on a new farm bill.

Topeka minister Tobias Schlingensiepen (shling-ehn-SEE'-pehn), the Democratic nominee in the 2nd Congressional District, issued a statement critical of Jenkins on Monday.

Schlingensiepen says House members left Washington to campaign for re-election without acting on the farm bill, despite receiving a version from the Senate earlier this year.

Jenkins' campaign issued a statement saying the congresswoman grew up on a farm and understood the issues and was trying to work for a solution. That includes shoring up the finances of the U.S. Postal Service, which is included in a bill separate from farm legislation.

The current farm laws and programs expire at the end of September.

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