Highlights Of Grimes’ Answers At Farm Bureau Forum

August 20, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background document highlighting Alison Lundergan Grimes’ answers at the Kentucky Farm Bureau candidate forum.   

Doesn’t Know About H-2B Visas

Alison Lundergan Grimes: “There's work that we need to do to reform our H2A migrant worker program.  It begins with the very definition, temporary and seasonal.  Well that excludes our equine and dairy industries.  We know those are two huge industries to the commonwealth of Kentucky that need help on their farms.” (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Remarks Kentucky Farm Bureau, 8/20/14)

Members Of The Horse Industry Use H-2B Visas. “The H-2B program is used by members of the horse industry, principally horse trainers and owners who cannot find American workers to fill semi-skilled jobs at racetracks, horse shows, fairs and in similar non-agricultural activities.” (“Department of Labor Finalizes Changes to H-2B Visa Program,” American Horse Council, 4/17/12)

Doesn’t Know That Crop Insurance Doesn’t Expire

Alison Lundergan Grimes: “No one was disadvantaged. I take issue with Senator McConnell’s very statement. You see I’ve been in the western part of the state and seen the eyes of a burley farmer swell up with tears at the thought of not having crop insurance.” (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Remarks Kentucky Farm Bureau, 8/20/14)

Grimes Claimed That Crop Insurance Was Affected By The Temporary Lapsing Of The Farm Bill, Yet Mandatory Programs Do Not Expire. “Crop insurance is an example of a permanently authorized and funded mandatory program that does not expire.” (Jim Monke, Randy Alison Aussenberg, Megan Stubbs, “Expiration and Extension of the 2008 Farm Bill,” Congressional Research Service, 12/16/13)  

Doesn’t Know That Piecemeal Is The Opposite Of Comprehensive

Alison Lundergan Grimes: These and many more things are what we can accomplish if we had a senator who didn't just want to do piecemeal by piecemeal comprehensive immigration reform.  30 years, that’s how long Mitch McConnell has been there, and he wants 6 more just to do it year by year what many are already doing right now in the United States Senate. (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Remarks Kentucky Farm Bureau, 8/20/14)

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Alison Lundergan Grimes Flip Flops On Trade

Today, In Front Of The Kentucky Farm Bureau Who Support Free Trade, Alison Lundergan Grimes Says She Supports “Free And Open Trade”.

Alison Lundergan Grimes: “I believe in free and open trade”. (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Remarks Kentucky Farm Bureau, 8/20/14)

In The Past Though, Grimes Has Criticized McConnell For Voting For Trade Deals That She Says Ship Jobs Overseas

In Her Campaign Event In Bowling Green, Grimes Criticized McConnell For Voting For Free Trade Agreements. ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES: “Are we tired of a senior senator who votes for tax breaks and trade deals that ship our good and most-needed Kentucky jobs overseas? Let me hear you say yes!” (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Remarks At Campaign Event, Bowling Green, KY, 7/31/13)

AUDIO: Grimes: “And The Days Of Giving Tax Breaks And Trade Deals That Ship Our Jobs Overseas, Need To Be Ended.” GRIMES: “And the days of giving tax breaks and trade deals that ship our jobs overseas, need to be ended. We need those good jobs here in the Commonwealth.” (WMMT 88.7, “Mountain News & World Report,” 10/10/13)

Grimes Said Her Plan Is To “End Those…Trade Deals”. “Our plan is also based on making sure that we end those tax breaks and trade deals, those loopholes that Mitch McConnell has created which have sent our good jobs that we need here in the commonwealth of Kentucky, overseas.” (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Remarks At Give America a Raise Bus Tour, Lexington, KY, 4/28/14)

During Her Bus Tour, Grimes Attacked Sen. McConnell For Pushing For Trade Deals. “And the jobs that we need here in this state, well Mitch McConnell gives tax breaks and trade deals”. (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Remarks At Campaign Event, Bowling Green, KY, 5/9/14)

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