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Dale Anderson, Fargo, Published July 27 2013

Letter: Democrats block farm bill progress

All of us know that a farm bill is extremely important to North Dakota. Our farmers depend on the certainty provided by a strong farm bill in order for them to do business.

Democrats have been blaming Republicans for the failure of the first farm bill in the House, but if you do the math, voters would see that the majority of “no” votes were Democrats.

Democrats rejected the bill because of a small 2 percent cut in food stamps that Republicans sought, even though the food stamp program has doubled in size since President Barack Obama took office in 2008.

It is time for Democrats to compromise and pass the much-needed farm bill.