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SD Senator Speaks Out on Policy Impacting Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) spoke out on the Senate floor this week about Democrat policies that he says are harmful to farmers and ranchers.

“For starters, I’m worried that Democrats’ bill could mean the end of some family farms thanks to the bill’s expansion of the death tax,” said Thune. “Death should not be a taxable event.”

Sen. Thune also criticized Democrats for focusing on electric vehicles at the expense of biofuels when it comes to climate policy and manipulating farm policy.

“Democrats are extending farm programs without bipartisan input and without real involvement from many in the agriculture community,” Thune said. “And of course they’re not extending all farm bill programs. They’re not, for example, extending – or providing money for – the farm safety net. Instead they’re targeting money at programs that they feel will allow them to advance their climate agenda.”

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) floor speech (7:50)

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