Cory Booker and Jon Tester’s full-contact video on agriculture consolidation is a delight

Cory Booker and Jon Tester’s full-contact video on agriculture consolidation is a delight

June 24, 2022 0 By Ellen Novack

The issue likely prompted a recent visit by Booker to fields in New Jersey where he labored alongside farm workers for five hours and came away from the experience truly changed. “This is difficult, hard work. And it’s done primarily by immigrants and undocumented immigrants and yet we don’t acknowledge that,” Booker said. “We have them paying into systems that they can have no benefit from. No healthcare, no social security, none, nothing. And in fact they’re in many ways constantly discriminated against… when the reality is that they are feeding us.”

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This isn’t a new issue for Booker to tackle, having called attention to it since introducing similar legislation in 2018. Tester, himself a third-generation Montana farmer, has spent his entire political career with a focus on agricultural reform at the forefront. Both agree: Something needs to be done. In addition to the Senate bill on the subject, there is also a companion House bill introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan.



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