On Thursday, a reporter for Fox News’ Fox & Friends asked Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, if he had any thoughts about the idea of a political bait farm, saying that the senator would support legislation that would require a food-based, non-partisan political fodder farming system.
The reporter asked Sessions if he could envision a bill that would “make a political feeding of animals illegal.”
Sessions said no, but added that he would consider such a bill if it was introduced in a bipartisan manner.
“We’ve got to have a food system, because we need it,” Sessions said.
“And we’ve got a lot of problems in this country.
There’s no question.
I think we’ve gotten to the point where we need to address the issues that we’re facing right now.”
The question came in response to a question from Fox News host Jesse Watters who asked Sessions about his position on a political feedlot.
Says Sessions, “We need to make sure that we have a system in place so that animals have a proper feeding.”
“I think we have to make it so that we can feed the animals,” he added.
During a CNN town hall event in November, Sessions also said that he had “no issue” with the use of political fodder, but that the system of food-farming should be independent of the political process.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, the Senate Agriculture Committee chair, Sen. Pat Roberts, R.K., said he was also against political fodder in a recent interview with Fox News.
Roberts said that it is “absolutely imperative” that the animals be fed on a food source that has been proven to produce health benefits, including a variety of plant-based foods that are not currently on the market.
But the question about political fodder comes at a time when Republicans are pushing legislation that could potentially make it easier for political parties to control the use and distribution of political food, as a way to ensure that their political candidates and their party’s message reaches the people in their districts.
Republicans on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have proposed a bill to force political parties and other entities to adopt an electronic food distribution system, according to The Washington Post.
The bill, known as the “political feedlot bill,” has received significant bipartisan support, and the bill has been approved by the House Agriculture Committee.
On Wednesday, the Trump administration sent a letter to Congress demanding that the House take action on the legislation, arguing that it “is not in the best interest of taxpayers” and that the bill would “increase the risk of food borne illness.”
A bill to require food-feeding, political fodder or feedlot ownership for political candidates would be “an unwise and irresponsible step for the Department of Agriculture,” the Trump Administration said in a statement.