Congressman David Young shared his thoughts with Channel 13's Sonya Heitshusen.
Election politics may also be at play here. It allows the CCC to borrow up to $30 billion from the Treasury Department to "stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices".
President Donald Trump proclaimed that "Tariffs are the greatest!" in warning US trade partners that he'll impose more sanctions unless they negotiate a "fair deal" as negotiations with European officials are to get underway at the White House.
While the President also attempted to blame farming issue on his predecessors, inside Republican circles, operatives tasked with keeping Republican majorities in the House and Senate privately anxious.
The Trump administration touted the importance of American-made and American-operated products, which was defined as having contained no, or a negligible amount of, "foreign content", according to a White House pool report. That means farmers depend on access to foreign markets to make ends meet and provide for their families.
Government payments to farmers in 2018 - not including crop insurance subsidies or the aid announced Tuesday - are forecast to be $9.2 billion, the lowest since 1997, according to USDA estimates. He said the lawmakers told the president "that our farmers want markets, and not really a payment from government". "So the tariff policies that have been put in place by the administration are now causing them to invoke a welfare policy for our farmers which I'm sure is not what they wish". The president has said trade will be central to that discussion. But on that issue, too, they have so far been unable or unwilling to take any meaningful action to rein in the president's authority to levy tariffs. Other countries "don't want to have those tariffs put on them". We must hold bad actors, such as China, responsible while not alienating our allies. "IL corn farmers need the administration to complete the modernization of NAFTA, resolve other ongoing trade disputes, and provide improved domestic and worldwide marketplace access for ethanol through the RVP waiver promised by President Trump and by updating the lifecycle analysis of corn-based ethanol".
She said her bill would come at "no additional cost" while Trump's plan will only scratch the surface of farmers' losses.
Despite Trump's boasts of "winning" his trade wars with multiple countries, many Trump-supporting farmers across the country have been sounding the alarm that they will be badly hurt by retaliatory tariffs on American soybeans. "The restrictions we face in critical markets such as Mexico and China - our top two export markets by volume a year ago - have placed American pig farmers and their families in dire financial straits". "I applaud the Administration for taking this needed action, and I am confident that President Trump, Secretary Perdue, and Ambassador Branstad are all working diligently to open China's markets to greater trade in Iowa's agricultural products".
Farmers already have "quite a few" assistance programs, he said. "That's not free trade, that's fool's trade, that's stupid trade and we don't do that kind of trade anymore".
His remarks come just ahead of his expected meeting with the European Union commission president, where they will discuss renegotiating trade agreements. I don't think many of us are in favor of the tactics being used right now. This has more to do with oversupply than the tariffs, though.
It's hoped the short term plan announced by the president will help farmers like Phillips. He suggested they're being used as negotiation leverage for better trade deals.