Letter: If we keep settling obstructionist action, shame on us

(J. Scott Applewhite | The Associated Press) Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, smiles before the vote on the House farm bill which failed to pass, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018. The Freedom Caucus opposed the measure, seeking leverage to obtain a vote on a hard-line immigration plan. The vote was a blow to GOP leaders and exposed fissures within the party in the months before the midterm elections, when Republicans are trying to motivate voters to the polls to keep their majority.

When something good is done for the wrong reason, is it still considered a good thing? The Farm Bill was defeated in the House of Representatives on May 17, which is a good thing for those people relying on SNAP (the food stamp program). The bill added prohibitive requirements for food supplement recipients as part of Paul Ryan’s desire for cuts to safety net programs.

This bill was defeated because all 30 members of the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus voted no in order to use this bill as a bargaining chip to prevent movement on a compromise that would take the “Dreamers” out of limbo with a bipartisan immigration policy.

Let me be clear. Congress is not going to take meals from hungry children and our elderly, at least for now, because the bill is being used as ransom to prevent any movement on resolving the future of our “Dreamers.”

Is this the best we can expect? If we keep settling for this obstructionist action from our elected officials, then shame on us. We must vote in upcoming primaries and in November. Let’s make sure we vote for candidates who will make the right choices for Utah for the right reasons.

Judy Garcia Parker, Salt Lake City