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I read a busy week in Washington has so house Republicans -- flexing their muscles on two big bills now they're saying they won't promote on the Senate's immigration bill.
And now they're dropping food stamps from the farm bill meanwhile the senate held hearing yesterday to investigate the sale of US based Smithfield Foods to a Chinese company.
Joining us now to weigh in on all that's.
Republican senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa I know all this is near and dear to you and it is to -- -- especially this -- story because at some other.
I can't help but think about what's gonna happen when there are no FDA standards out there.
There's really no competition.
And we have to worry about this as a national security issue here at home don't -- You do absolutely now for the Smithfield production that would continue in this country is still going to have the same safety standards that we always have but I think there's reason to fear.
Meat being imported from China.
When there are Chinese company by Smithfield.
From the standpoint of our number one they've had added -- to their feet -- pages that have been withdrawn because of healthy -- And -- and then you also have the national security issue because so many Chinese companies are -- closely associated.
With a Communist government.
And I -- you worry about the anti trust issue as well that companies will not be able to compete.
China offer subsidies to their companies how could American companies compete with -- Yeah well that is a very big one that did that probably won't be taken into consideration Breyer Justice Department.
But that is an issue that does make for on fair competition.
But he but within this country we have four companies already that have 74%.
Curb on the market so you have more.
-- you lessen complications when you have this murders and they did that consumers will pay a higher price.
What's that what's your response that when people say hey if we're gonna be a global world we got a but the borders down and trade with everyone -- you know -- with everyone it's kind of protection is an issue as well.
Well it doesn't have to be if we were having games.
By a US company.
And there wasn't that close relationship between the government of China.
For the government of some other country and that company it would be an issue it is a free market situation.
You don't we have to accept it but it's when you have the unfair competition -- Competing against a government that makes it very difficult.
-- and I don't not -- who's gonna controlled China anytime soon let's move on -- immigration speaking of overseas.
I -- -- thank you the house is trying to break this up into pieces please tell us where where it stands right now.
Well I had a meeting with the house leaders.
And quite frankly I think they would be -- review that they don't know where the next move bigs accept right now.
They reject the senate bill I think since I voted against the senate bill I think that's why -- say you buy that house.
What the what and -- I think they've concluded not to pass a comprehensive bill.
But what pieces to pass and when to pass them is still up in the air.
And now let's talk quickly about the farm bill.
We're hearing now that this -- food stamps section is being pulled out do you think that's the way to go with this.
Well from a practical political standpoint it's not the way to go because I don't see how you get our farm bill through -- House representatives controlled by the big city where they know nothing about agriculture if you don't have the food stamps as part of it.
But idealistic way I would like to see -- separated for this reason.
That I get tired -- reading in the New York Times that we pass a 900.
The billion dollar farm -- and it sounds like it's going all in lieu of pockets of farmers where 80% of it is food stamps.
I think it's a bad public relations thing.
To be part of a food stamp them.
-- angry with you on this -- but the problem is if this is the way things are done right we.
We Christmas tree we -- decorations in we do all these different things to get these bills -- into your point that's kind of what I stop and with an arm go.
Yes I have but remember it's been this way since the late 1960s.
-- -- ongoing pattern.
To put the two together based on the proposition of forty years at -- There we had harmed surpluses.
And I am so we're feeding hungry -- one way to get rid of those farms are partisan but that's not the issue today.
No it's not we know our farmers are suffering senator Grassley thank you for speaking out for them.
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