BONDURANT, Iowa - Representative David Young (R-District 3) toured several agricultural facilities Friday in Central Iowa after opposing a two year budget deal in Congress that slashed funding from a federal crop insurance program.
"One that was very detrimental was the $3 billion cut in crop insurance, and so, that opened up the Farm Bill, and that's not good for our farmers and agriculture industry," Rep. Young said. "And I introduced a bill right away to reinstate that $3 billion dollars, and I've got bipartisan support to try to move that. So we want to try to reinstate that."
Young was a part of the majority of Republicans on Capitol Hill which opposed the two year budget agreement, brokered by former Speaker of the House John Boehner, the Senate, and the White House. Young says there are some in Congress making "promises" the $3 billion will find its way back into the farmers' crop insurance program, but he doesn't think Iowa voters trust Washington promises, and so he's introduced the Crop Insurance Restoration Act on the House floor to incite immediate attention to the issue.
"It's not just our corn and our soybeans, I mean, you're dealing with some other states as well - whether it's cotton, or peanuts, other commodities as well," Young said. "So, these are times where it's good to have some colleagues that represent districts that have some different types of commodities in them, and we need to stick together in times like this."
Young traveled to facilities in Perry, Bondurant, Carlisle, Indianola, and Earlham Friday. Other topics discussed with farmers and agriculture producers included the Environmental Protection Agency and its water laws, as well as the importance of ethanol production and support for the Renewable Fuel Standard.