Van Orden criticizes Biden policies during visit to Onalaska farm

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — President Joe Biden isn’t doing enough to slow inflation, and his other policies also are hurting farmers, says Derrick Van Orden, Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District.

“The incredible inflation is hurting our farmers,” Van Orden said Monday during a visit to Morning Star Dairy in Onalaska,

“The radical spending and the anti-energy policies are hurting our farmers,” said Van Orden, who was accompanied by U.S. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

“It’s very difficult for farmers — especially smaller farmers — to survive when energy and spending levels and prices go up,” McCarthy said. “As an American, we all care about the quality of our food, especially here in Wisconsin.”

Morning Star owner John Schaller said farmers are paying the price for government policies.

“Yes, the price of milk is more expensive for people to buy in the store. Yes, we are getting more for our milk naturally because everything is inflated,” Schaller said.

“But to produce that milk, we got more expenses, too. Fertilizer fuel and what not,” he said. “So it’s just inflated dollars they’re playing with and it’s gonna blow up in their faces real quick if they don’t get this under wraps.”

Van Orden is the only Republican on the ballot for the Aug. 9 primary. The winner of four Democratic candidates will face him in the November general election to replace La Crosse Democratic Rep. Ron Kind, who is not running for re-election.

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