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Sens. Specter, Kohl

Keeping up with Jewish officeholders
Kohl, Specter join senators
urging Bush to extend MILC
,  Jan. 13, 2005

Four U.S. Senators have sent a letter to President George W. Bush urging him to maintain income supports for dairy farmers when milk prices plummet, reminding him that he had endorsed continuation of the program during his 2004 presidential reelection campaign. The subsidy program is scheduled to end in September.

Signing the Jan. 11 letter were U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl (D-Wis); Arlen Specter (R-Penn.); Mark Dayton (D-Minn) and Patrick Leahy (D-Ver).

"Your pledge to work toward reauthorization so that 'dairy farmers all across this country can 
count on the support they need,' is critical," the Senators said. "We are seeking a 
two-year extension of MILC to bring it in line with other agriculture support programs. To allow 
MILC's expiration would eliminate a critical safety net for dairy farmers at a time when milk 
prices are on the decline." 

In a news release, Kohl specifically called on the President to include a two-year extension for the MILC program in the Administration's budget proposal to Congress. 

"The President's budget is not the final word, but it is a critical first step," Kohl added. "We'll 
need the continued support and determination of the White House to help deliver on the President's promise."                                   Donald H. Harrison