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Friday, January 11, 2019

Arkansas Republicans oppose money for food safety, agriculture. French Hill hypocrisy on display.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 7:48 AM

click to enlarge FRENCH HILL BIPARTISAN? You decide.
  • FRENCH HILL BIPARTISAN? You decide.
House Democrats Thursday passed legislation to provide money for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration, with all four Arkansas Republicans opposing the measure. Stay on for a dose of GOP hypocrisy from Rep. French Hill.

The money would resume food safety inspection and provide money for rural development, among other issues of seeming importance to people in Arkansas. Ten Republicans (none from Arkansas) joined Democrats in supporting the legislation, almost identical to a bill that passed the Senate 92-6 in August. It's unlikely to fare so well in the Senate now, because Senate leadership has caved to Donald Trump's insistence that government operations be shut down until he gets $5 billion for a border wall. Democrats have supported additional spending for border security, but not $5 billion and not for a wall.

Republican support for Trump among Arkansas congressmen is not surprising, but it was accompanied by this contemporaneous dose of hypocrisy from millionaire former banker French Hill, the Republican from Little Rock. Remember that Hill, talking about the negativism "engulfing" the news and invoking the "spirit of bipartisanship," spent millions in a re-election campaign painting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an evil socialist and opponent Clarke Tucker an enabler of violent drug gangs from Central American.

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