King’s Ag Committee Removal Hurts Farmers
Representative Steve King’s departure from the House Agriculture Committee eliminates a voice for Iowa farmers, according to the Des Moines Register.
King was removed from the committee over controversial comments, leading to the first time in 120 years that an Iowan hasn't been a member of the House committee. With agriculture wading through a tough economic time, Iowa Farmers Union President Aaron Lehman told the newspaper "It’s a terrible time to not be at the table.” Kirk Leeds, CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association, says the state “no longer has a representative on a committee that's critically important” to farmers, adding the lack of a voice is causing “a lot of concern.”
King is under fire for his comments last week questioning how white supremacy and white nationalism became offensive terms. On Monday, Republican leaders removed King from his committee assignments. Republican and Democratic leaders have called for his resignation.
Source; NAFB News