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Brownback: Farmers need migrant workers, bigger subsidies


Sam Brownback links[(Brownfield) Agriculture important to immigration debate, says Brownback:][1] The immigration issue is center stage in Washington this week as the U.S. Senate continues to debate reform legislation. Agriculture is an important part of any immigration discussion, according to Kansas Senator Sam Brownback. "We see the need for about half a million farm workers, the vast majority of that coming internationally," he said. "Our numbers at 40,000 a year for agriculture workers is clearly insufficient as a legal number, that's why you've got to get that number up." The Republican Senator believes farmers are suffering because they can't find enough legal immigrant workers.[(AP) Senate committee OKs agriculture disaster aid:][2] Farm-state members successfully attached an estimated $4 billion in agricultural disaster money Tuesday to a massive spending bill designed to pay for the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina. The bill would pay farmers and ranchers around the country for recent losses due to drought, flooding, disease and other disasters. It would also give many farmers an increase on their current federal subsidy check because of higher energy expenses. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, also praised the bill, saying it provides much-needed relief to farmers who have seen a significant drop in income. "Some farmers have seen their energy bills double in recent years, which is especially debilitating because they are already operating on tight profit margins," Brownback said. "These increases in overhead costs can have a devastating effect on our farmers and food supply."[(Cascfen.org) 54 Congressmen Urges Niyazov to release a prisoner of concience:][3] Fifty-four members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives wrote the President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, urging the immediate and unconditional release of prisoner of conscience, Gurbandurdy Durdykuliyev (CSCE). "This bipartisan initiative sends a clear message to President Niyazov on congressional concern over the plight of Mr. Durdykuliev, an individual who has languished in a psychiatric hospital for two years simply for attempting to exercise his right to freedom of expression," said Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS). "We urge Mr. Niyazov to set this gentleman free without further delay and cease imprisoning dissidents in psychiatric hospitals."Pat Roberts links[(Washington Post) For Wisconsin Napoleons, Just Add Cheese:][4] Put aprons on members of Congress, and you can be certain that their recipes will showcase home-state products. That's true even if the state connection is somewhat obscure, an outright stretch or involves fruit, like Michigan apples this time of year, that is not available. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) explained the relevance of his Kansas Quesadillas this way: First, Hispanics make up 55 percent of the population of Dodge City, his home town. If that's not enough, remember the old "Gunsmoke" TV series, which was set in Dodge City? "Whenever you see them ride out of town," Roberts said, "Miss Kitty would say, 'Matt, where are you going now? You be careful.' He'd have his knapsack full of quesadillas." Pause. "Well-known fact." (Also references Dennis Moore and Todd Tiahrt)How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][5] [1]: hhttp://www.brownfieldnetwork.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=66E118F7-B9D2-E060-95681D3818B2C104 [2]: http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/14263224.htm [3]: http://www.cascfen.org/news.php?nid=1588&cid=16 [4]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/04/AR2006040400412.html [5]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


Richard Heckler 12 years, 1 month ago

Why not publish Dennis Moore? Doesn't he represent Lawrence.

Sam Brownback must be running for president. He'll give us more of Bush type financial chaos. He has also received tainted money and did not give it back until he was forced to....

Subsidies for who? The billion dollar farmers?

cutny 12 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I agree...where is Dennis Moore. Brownback for President? Please, that's about as likely as Brownback for Chief Martian. He's such and embarassment.

Richard Heckler 12 years, 1 month ago

He is very busy on the campaign trail. Since the neocons and the christian coalition control the former republican party I would not blow it off. Bill Frist and Newt are on the list as well which are certainly not any better. Newt was instrumental in ruining the republican party and character assassinations which helped get Reagan elected.

gontek 12 years, 1 month ago

farmers need immigrant workers? He must not be referring to the small farmers, but the corporate farms and feedlots. I have never met a small farmer who hires illegal immigrants.

Yeah Merril... this is for the billion dollar farms. They are not farmers, they are corporate farms. The farmer is the guy with the tractor and the combine. They should be specific.

willie_wildcat 12 years, 1 month ago

merrill- Dennis Moore represents part of Lawrence. I live west of Iowa and I am represented by Jim Ryun. They pretty much divided Lawrence in half so the east side went to Moore and the west side went to Ryun.

ljreader- When November comes around I will not be voting for Sammy. I did not in 04 or 00. All he cares about is his corporate buddies and his religious nut friends. It is sick how some of the so called politicians talk out both sides of their mouth just to get a vote.

I hope that he does not even come close to getting the nod for the repug nom for 08. This country needs to wake up and get some of these nuts out.

cowboy 12 years, 1 month ago

Whats up with the daily propaganda from the LJW for Brownback and roberts ? Both of them are frigging worthless .

I grew up in arizona . Back in the olden days the high school kids would go to Yuma in the summer to pick crops , not immigrants,

The BS about doing jobs that americans dont want to do is a large lie !

KsTwister 12 years, 1 month ago

LJreader you are right. As I heard before if enough illegals come here for jobs the unemployment rate will go to zero mostly because the pay will be so low that legal USA citizens will not be able to live on it and give up. Even in Lawrence,construction crews used to get a much better wage 10-15 years ago compared to today. Brownback is wrong and there is enough technology that would gather crops if all employers would stop being a magnet for the exploitation of these workers we could do more for legal citizens. They are the ones to help with housing,healthcare and education first. Close the open border,implement a tracking system for these workers and hurry before our debt is so great we become more like Mexico or a more poorer country. Business owners are much of the problem,fine them or shut their doors for repeat offenses.

dotteboy 12 years, 1 month ago

Wasn't Brownback the former Ag Secretary for Kansas that resigned after Bob Stephan charged he over stepped his authority when he made pesticide abuses a self reported infraction for corporate farms? I am sketchy on the details so don't quote me. Also, LJreader, I'm a Catholic opposed to Brownback and the christian conservative movement. But, we must give Sen. Brownback a break. Afterall, it must be an emotionally trying period for his family after his film flopped at the academy awards. I haven't seen Brownback Mountain, but I'm sure it's a fine movie.

Rationalanimal 12 years, 1 month ago

Conveniently, the rally last night in Kansas City by legitimate American citizens for upholding our current immigration laws is no where to be reported. I am reluctant to sound conspiratorial, but why did the LJWorld give front page pub to the illegal alien rallies but conspicuously none to the "uphold the law" folks?

Apparently the Republicans view the south side of the border as the greener voter pasture. Brownback and other conservatives are making an epic miscalculation if they think their base will follow them down their current course on this issue. Clinton/Obama 2008, you'd better believe it.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 1 month ago

I have to agree with gontek. I know more than my fair share of farmers. I don't know one that would hire an illegal immigrant. Brownback is an idiot!

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