Stabenow Focuses on Agriculture

With a little more than a month until the November election, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is focusing her reelection campaign on agriculture, the farm bill, and her bipartisan efforts to aid the American agricultural community.

In what is a part of a larger national narrative repeated by the Democratic Party, Debbie Stabenow is emphasizing the importance of agriculture and using the farm bill and her efforts to help farmers as a central element of her reelection campaign. In May, despite political gridlock and partisan bickering, the Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill supported by Democrats and many Republicans. As Senate Agriculture Committee Chair, Stabenow helped guide the bill through committee and helped pressure her colleagues to support it on the Senate floor.

The Senate bill, however, did not make it to the House floor, which decided to craft its own legislation (legislation that was later stalled by House leadership).

Stabenow’s work on the Senate farm bill is taking center stage in her reelection efforts this fall. In a series of TV ads the Stabenow campaign released this week, the Senator’s efforts to pass the farm bill are highlighted, as is her support for agricultural disaster relief.

Equally telling is Stabenow’s overall reluctance to attack her rival, Michigan Representative Pete Hoekstra, who has not been mentioned in any of the recently unveiled ads. This strategy suggests that Stabenow (and perhaps the Democratic Senatorial Campaign as a whole) believes that the party’s support of the farm bill may be a winning political issue.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer