August 2nd, 2012
08:27 PM ET

U.S. farmers pays the price for devastating drought, while Congress goes on vacation

The biggest drought in half a century is hiking up costs on everything from gas to groceries. In fact, this drought is impacting the price tag of 75% of the food in your supermarket right now!

And what's Congress doing about it? Most of our lawmakers are on a flight home right now for a one-month vacation.

CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.

No drought aid for farmers, ranchers as Congress breaks for summer

Congress adjourned for the summer on Thursday without passing a relief package for farmers and ranchers suffering through the most widespread drought since the 1930s.

The only thing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democratic-controlled Senate have agreed on is that they'll take the issue up again after Labor Day.

"We need drought assistance, but instead we're just going to sit here in gridlock," said Jess Peterson, executive vice president of the U.S. Cattlemen's Association. "It's kind of disappointing."


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  1. Schyler

    Thank you, Erin for helping bring this issue closer to the public eye. Farmers in our area are baling corn this week. Not the corn you grow for that purpose to feed animals, but corn that was meant to feed people. I'm 60 and I've only seen this happen a couple times. So between the drought, the lowering our grain reserves by the federal government a year or so ago, and the already growing pricetag of food, and eventually +$$$ ethanol, the immediate future looks pretty grim. And the people who represent us in Washington....went on vacation.

    August 4, 2012 at 1:17 am | Reply
  2. Andrew

    people on the hill obviously could care less.they would rather start a war with Iran.maybe the Farm Aid Concert next month will bring some relief to the crisis http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.6236707/k.8E86/About_the_Concert.htm

    August 3, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply

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