Congressmen Kenny Hulshof and Ike Skelton get an earful when they ask agricultural and barge industry officials what is needed to help farmers in Missouri – farmers who have been hit by the triple whammy of low prices for their grain, small crop sizes, and skyrocketing shipping costs. They hear some adjustments might need to be made in some farm subsidies, as well as fixing river infrastructure down south and on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in this state. Hulshof admits that might mean some money from Congress, already under fire for high spending. But he points out the users will bear some of the costs as well. Hulshof says money could be found in cutting some entitlements, although Social Security and Defense spending won’t be on the chopping block. But he indicates other spending could be cut.
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