Iowa Republicans Put Farm Bill on the Backburner, Leave Farmers Behind

“[Producers] deserve far better than to be saddled with the consequences of politicians not doing their job.”

– Iowa Rep. Zach Nunn

Instead of standing up for Iowa farmers and negotiating a new Farm Bill, Iowa’s four Republican members of Congress have:

  • Voted 15 times to elect Speaker Kevin McCarthy,

  • Decided they didn’t like Speaker McCarthy and spent three more weeks voting on a new speaker,

  • Led the country to the brink of multiple shutdowns,

  • Taken three full weeks off for the holidays,

  • And continue to be a part of the most unproductive Congress in decades.

Half of Iowa’s Congressional delegation – Zach Nunn and Randy Feenstra – sit on the House Agriculture Committee, and yet they haven’t managed to make the Farm Bill a priority. In fact, they left the farm bill expire for nearly 50 days and haven’t done a thing to pass a new 5-year bill.

Zach Nunn already admitted “…producers are facing enough difficulties without worrying about D.C. hurting their business. They deserve far better than to be saddled with the consequences of politicians not doing their job.”

Nunn claimed in a press release he secured “passage of critical agriculture programs for Iowans,” even though he never mentioned he only had to take that vote because Congress failed to complete its work on a new Farm Bill by the Sept. 30 deadline.

While Ashley Hinson, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Zach Nunn and Randy Feenstra continue to make up lame excuses as to why they can’t get a Farm Bill passed, farmers and rural communities are being forced to put off long-term financial plans, planting, and marketing decisions.

“Iowa’s farmers are suffering because of the lack of leadership that has been displayed by the four Republicans who are serving our state in Congress,” said Paige Godden, spokesperson for the IDP. “Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Zach Nunn, Ashley Hinson and Randy Feenstra have joined the far-right MAGA extremists and let Republican in-fighting become more important than serving their constituents. It’s time for them to go, and for Iowa to elect leaders who understand how important farmers and producers are to Iowa’s economy.”