North Dakota U.S. House Candidate Pam Gulleson is the latest to pile on to the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives for beginning its summer recess without passing the Farm Bill.
At a news conference in Bismarck, The Democratic candidate Gulleson said, "It'sunbelievable how dysfunctional this House leadership is. It's an absolutefailure of leadership that the House of Representatives is leaving for Recesswithout taking action on the Farm Bill," said Gulleson.
"John Boehner wouldn'tbring it to the floor. Eric Cantor refused to list it among his priorities forJuly or August. And our own Representative Berg has proven himself ineffectiveand unwilling to fight for the Farm Bill our state needs. North Dakota needsbetter leadership in Washington."
Rep. Berg has been vocal in the past week in his condemnation of the House's lack of action.
Lateyesterday afternoon, Berg voted against a motion for Congress to adjourn forthe August recess. In his own news release on Friday, Berg explained that he doesnot believe that the House should leave Washington without the passage of aFarm Bill.
Berg is also taking heat for his party's inaction from Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat Berg is seeking.
Berg's next move is to find enough support to force the House to bring the Farm Bill to the floor for a vote, bypassing House Leadership and Committees.
Tostart gathering support for a discharge petition, Berg penned a jointletter with Congressman Bruce Braley (D – Iowa), Congressman Chris Gibson(R – New York), and Congressman Peter Welch (D – Vermont) to request support ofa discharge petition.
"Theneed to extend assistance for farmers gets more urgent every day, given theworsening drought that is blanketing more than half the country,"the Members said in their joint letter.
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