Republican Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain praises U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon

February 19, 2009

Now this is what real bipartisanship looks like. Republican Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain recognizes the hard work of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, and thanks them for including Louisiana farmers in President Obama’s economic recovery plan:

“With the help of many others in Congress, Senator Mary Landrieu put together a package that will help the Louisiana farmers affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the Midwest farmers that were devastated by floods and the Texas and Oklahoma ranchers and foresters that were hit with drought and wildfire,” Strain said. “Senator Landrieu started working on this bill after Gustav blew through the state and we’re grateful she kept the farmers at the forefront in Congress.”

Strain also cited Representative Charlie Melancon for his work to further the farm disaster aid package.

On the other hand, note how Republican Congressman Charles Boustany – who voted against the economic recovery plan — continues to put partisan politics over helping his constituents. Boustany organized a roundtable with farmers, but didn’t say a word about how President Obama’s economic recovery plan helps the farmers in his district.

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