On Wednesday Congressman Cline posted on his Congressional website:
Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) applauded U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement today (January 16) that 40 Farm Service Agency offices in Virginia, including several serving the Sixth District, will temporarily re-open to provide essential services.
“Agri-businesses in the Sixth Congressional District depend on access to capital to manage their operations and keep their businesses running without disruption,” Cline said. “Secretary Perdue and the Trump Administration have made the right decision to provide essential services that will minimize the impact on our producers with existing farm loans. FSA offices will be open for three days to assist farmers with processing certain payments, servicing loans, and to provide other specific services.”
USDA announced today that FSA offices will re-open on January 17, 18, and 22 to provide certain services.
It’s good that Sixth District farmers will have access to some vital services for a few days during the Republican-enabled government shutdown. But what Cline fails to mention is that FSA employees are being called back to work without pay— and without any idea of when they will finally receive it. And of course he doesn’t reveal that he joined the overwhelming majority of Republicans in voting against a bill to fund the FSA and other crucial government services that have nothing to do with immigration or border security.
One more thing, Congressman Cline: if the Trump administration had made “the right decision,” this disastrous shutdown would never have happened.