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Pryor criticizes Cotton in voting against farm bill

By Christina Huynh

This article was published February 1, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor criticized U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton in the Rotunda room at the Arkansas Capitol building Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 for voting against the farm bill that passed the House 251-166 earlier in the week. Cotton, who represents the 4th District in the House, is running for Pryor's seat.

Cotton only Arkansas congressman to oppose

Arkansas U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton was the only member of the state's all-Republican House delegation to vote against the farm bill.

U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack all supported the measure, which passed the House on a 251-166 vote Wednesday.

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, Womack said the farm bill begins the process of making "much-needed reforms to federal programs."

Cotton said earlier in the day that the farm bill didn't do enough to cut the food stamp program.

Cotton is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who has criticized the Republican for opposing earlier versions of the farm bill. Pryor has said he supports the latest measure.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who is running for re-election in the Senate, criticized his challenger U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton on Saturday for voting against the $100 billion-a-year farm bill that was approved earlier this week.

Pryor claimed Cotton was listening to outside interest groups supporting Cotton's campaign in voting against the farm bill that passed 251-166 Wednesday.

"It's become very clear to all who are looking at this that [Cotton] doesn't represent the state," Pryor said in the Rotunda room at the Arkansas Capitol building. "He represents and listens to people who are funding his campaign. He continues to put his own ambitions ahead of the state of Arkansas."

Cotton represents the 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the only member of Arkansas' all-Republican House delegation to vote against the bill.

U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack each said that while the bill is not perfect, it provides stability to the country's farmers, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Cotton said in a statement on Wednesday to the newspaper that he couldn't vote for the farm bill for several reasons, including Arkansas farmers not receiving as much funding as they previously had and the bill supporting the food stamp program, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

"I wish the bill would have turned out differently," Cotton said on the phone to the newspaper.

The House approved the $100 billion-a-year farm bill Wednesday, which would last five years and would make small cuts to food stamps and continue subsidies for American farmers if passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 1, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

So how did Mark Pryor fight for Arkansan farmers?

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MuleriderRob says... February 1, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

Didn't you vote for Obama care , Senator Pryor? and I am not thanking you for that vote!

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HM2 says... February 1, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

Pryor was too busy hiding behind his Bible.

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RonalFos says... February 2, 2014 at 8:21 a.m.

Nothing but the usual Obama frothing at the mouth going on here. There needs to be some kind of political rabies shot required for all people commenting here.

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Populist says... February 2, 2014 at 8:39 a.m.

Cotton is against Arkansas farmers and the poor children receiving food stamps. Never mind that very few Arkansans pay high taxes. Never mind that poor Arkansas children are among the biggest recipients of this aid. Never mind that Arkansans proportionately benefit from the farm bill. Cotton represents the Kochs and the Club for Growth.

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GrimReaper says... February 3, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

Right, RonalFos.......and you need to be at the head of the line.........

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HotSpringsLawyer says... February 3, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

Looks like a whole lot of name-calling in months ahead. Besides "Obama" and "Obamacare", we have new automatic fighting words "Pryor", "Cotton", and "Koch brothers".

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NoUserName says... February 3, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.

"Cotton is against Arkansas farmers and the poor children receiving food stamps."
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That is such tired reasoning. Here, vote for some ridiculously wasteful generic bill or property tax increase. You don't? Oh, then you're against the kids.
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'Never mind that very few Arkansans pay high taxes.'
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Please define 'few' in terms of raw numbers.
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'Never mind that poor Arkansas children are among the biggest recipients of this aid.'
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Please define 'biggest' in terms of raw numbers.
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'Never mind that Arkansans proportionately benefit from the farm bill. '
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Please define 'proportionately' in terms of raw numbers. I'd like to see just what percentage of the pie - and how it compares to everybody else - Cotton apparently voted against. You make the statements, Pop, you back 'em up.

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Packman says... February 3, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

Tom Cotton is a breath of fresh air standing on principle and common sense. Libs hold the farm bill hostage by including the grossly inept food stamp program and Tom Cotton plays the BS card on it. Hooray for Tom Cotton.
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Mark Pyor's re-election bid is in deep doo-doo. The only pertinent question for the race is this: Will re-electing Mark Pryor subtract from or add to the power of Harry Reid and BH Obama? Pryor is toast. Nuff said.

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