Noem Discusses Importance of Livestock Disaster Programs on House Floor

As noted in a release from Congresswoman Noem’s office today:

“the House is scheduled to vote on a reauthorization of livestock disaster programs critical to producers facing drought in South Dakota and Across the nation. H.R. 6233 would reauthorize the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Livestock Forage Disaster Programs (LFP), Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP), and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) for the current year. The 2008 Farm Bill failed to authorize these programs for five years, leaving South Dakota livestock producers uncovered during this drought year. Rep. Noem introduced legislation in April to reauthorize these programs and today spoke on the House floor on the importance of getting them authorized now and getting a new Farm Bill done this year.”


14 Replies to “Noem Discusses Importance of Livestock Disaster Programs on House Floor”

  1. Anonymous

    Are there not dress code standards in the House?

    I don’t support bailouts for Banks, auto industries and I don’t support them for farmers in the form of crop insurance and livestock disaster programs.

    If a farmer is putting to many cattle in a feed lot and not providing protections from the weather (sun/shade) that is stupid farming and it shouldn’t be a surprise that animals will die from over exposure to the heat.

  2. Charlie Hoffman

    You can spin the record any way you care to but in the real world when human beings get hungry they revolt and when they don’t get five star health care coverage they call their Democrat Congressman or woman and complain.

    Bill ,
    Food Stamps; check
    Emergency room visit; check
    Welfare cell phone; check
    Welfare housing alllowance; check
    Monthly welfare check; check
    County indigent care bills paid; check

    Anon–Farmers and ranchers ability to continue growing food is much more important to America’s stability then you seem to understand. As important as providing housing to the folks who were flooded by Katrina in New Orleans. Or were we wrong to help folks in a that disaster?

  3. Charlie Hoffman

    I just looked at the video. And it made me very proud to be able to call Kristi Noem my Congresswoman. And friend.

  4. Anonymous

    Charlie: Why do find it necessary to bring up welfare in response to Bill? And could you please call your good friend and have her use her influence to get a vote scheduled in the House on the Farm Bill? Please?

  5. Anonymous

    I like you republican hypocrites want a balanced budget but wont get rid of the farmbillHey Noem And Thune, do as I say not as I do so dont want to hear any more about balanced budgets.

  6. Charlie Hoffman

    Anon I’ll give you a fair answer to your question. Welfare is disaster money for those who don’t work. Drought is disaster for those who would love to work but because of unintended naturally occuring events of Mother Nature don’t have anything growing to work with. Big difference in outcome, same disaster for the individual. Those of extreme low and high income get all the chase from Federal dollars while middle income earners get mostly the bill. The difference; and here is where you really need to pay attention Anon, is the dollars given to farmers and ranchers in disaster payments keep them working for another year providing seed commodities so everyone gets to enjoy food. I am all for those who cannot work receiving benefits while they are down and out; for goodness sakes why not, but the rib comes when those able to work are kept in the system to keep it moving on a bigger and bigger scale. Corporate welfare is basically the US Tax Code. Congress cannot even let the Olympians come home and pay a tax on their earnings yearning for a public display of grand empathy all geared for positive public approval. 🙂

  7. Anonymous

    Charlie: Bill was talking about crop and livestock insurance, not welfare. But yet you had to launch into an attack on welfare recipients as a way to defend the benefits the ag industry will receive from the programs Bill briefly mentioned. It’s also a good way to take the focus off the substantial amount of federal largesse received by farmers every year. Why did you feel you needed to change the topic? Are you ashamed of the federal benefits–during good times and bad–that you receive each year thanks to us taxpayers?

    And what’s with this “Welfare is disaster money for those who *don’t* work” line? I notice your definition of drought is “disaster for those who *want* to work,” implying that deep down, no matter how you try to spin it, you believe welfare recipients are simply people who refuse to work. There are a few people who abuse the “system,” no doubt, but the majority of welfare benefits go to people who truly need it because of circumstances that are out of their control.

    One fact is without dispute: Ag benefits go to large, rich, corporate farms every year that don’t need it, all at the expense of family farmers who could receive more in time of need.

    Working for reform in both welfare and ag programs is a laudable goal which we should all strive to obtain. Using the poor as a punching bag in a vain attempt to strengthen your misguided screed is way out of line.

  8. Katzy

    Well, anon, because of Obama’s grand and wonderful plan to include bed rest, massage, motivational reading etc as “work” to receive welfare benefits, he is only fueling people’s emotions about the abuse of the welfare system. I have no problem with welfare payments for a certain length of time to those who do not abuse the system, but Obama has just re-energized complaints about the current welfare system.

    I challenge you to come out to a farm and see how real work is done and how little farmers/ranchers receive many years for their actual dawn to dusk and beyond labor intensive real work.

  9. Anonymous

    Katzy: I grew up on a family farm in South Dakota, in an era where farm kids were an important part of the day-to-day operation. Farming is hard work, but also very rewarding, and it saddens me that fewer and fewer kids have the opportunity to work side-by-side with their moms and dads and accomplish something special and important every day on their families’ farms.

    It also saddens me that you dislike for our president causes you to reject reality and substitute it with a false notion that somehow Obama wants welfare recipients to include things like massage. The head of a family that qualifies for food stamps is not thinking about luxuries. He/she simply wants to make sure the kids have something to eat every day.

    1. Anonymous

      Sorry for the typos above … I was too eager to post my latest reply and did a sloppy job of proofreading.


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