Berry Upset with Congress over Farm Relief Bill

DECEMBER 19, 2005 - Posted at 5:06 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Congressman Marion Berry says he is upset that Congress finished its legislative business for the year without voting on an agriculture assistance package.  Berry and other rural lawmakers backed the measure that did not come to a vote.

Congressmen from rural states had wanted to attach the package to the 2006 appropriations bill for the Defense Department.

Berry, a Democrat from northeast Arkansas, says the House leadership opposed any direct assistance for farmers.  Berry says many farmers throughout Arkansas and other rural states are likely to go out of business without aid.

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