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Obama promises to talk later with Rep.
Berry about major review of ag policy
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During a White House meeting with Chief
of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, who was working on lawmakers to vote for the Fiscal
Year 2010 budget resolution, Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.) was one of the
lawmakers opposed to the resolution, largely due to President Barack Obama's
proposal to save nearly $10 billion over 10 years by cutting federal payments
to large farms.
Presidential promise. An
article in today's Washington Post noted
that “Berry still seemed agitated after a brief session in Emanuel's
office, so the chief of staff played his trump card. 'I walked him down
to the Oval [Office]'" and introduced Berry to Obama, Emanuel recalled.
The two traded farm jokes and agreed to talk later in the year about
a comprehensive review of federal agriculture policy, the article revealed.
Berry said he “really did appreciate” the attention
and was relieved that Obama appeared willing to back off the cuts, at
least for now. When the House voted on the budget resolution, Berry
was a yes vote.
Comments: Rep. Berry is
a popular farm-state lawmaker who gets high marks from his farmer constituents
for not forgetting about production agriculture. The Obama administration
will continue to focus on their push for major farm policy changes, but
farm-state lawmakers like Rep. Berry have made it clear any proposals
must be equitable and must consider those farmers and ranchers who produce
the vast amount of U.S. farm production.
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