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4A WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2004 In our area BY FRED MILLER $10NEY H[P, ALD A stopover in Sidney by Rep. Dennis Rehberg Thursday was intended to give the con- gressman an earful - and an eyeful- of industries in Rich- land County and the issues they face. Rehberg arrived in Sidney first thing in the morning and stayed until mid-afternoon. He spent part of his day tour- ing Richland County busi- nesses, including Busch Agri- cultural Resources Inc., the Bostana Dairy, and an oil rig owned by the Headington Oil Co., but Rehberg's discussions with county leaders and busi- nesspeople centered around issues of importance to agri- culture in the nation as well as Richland County. The two-term congressman from Billings, who is cam- paigning for re-election, be- gan his day by joining Mon- tana Beet Growers for coffee at the M&M Caf& Of chief concern to the beet growers and others who gathered to meet Rehberg was the Central American Free Trade Agree- ment, or CAFTA, a major piece of trade legislation ne- gotiated by the Bush Adminis- tration that could soon be up for a vote in Congress. CAFTA would lower tariffs and reduce barriers to free trade between the United States and certain Latin American countries. Re- hberg is against the agree- ment, he said, because it would increase the amount of foreign sugar imported to the United States and make it harder for American sugar FourTrax Fotemne Recommended only for riders 16 years and older. The Honda FourTrax Foreman is built to be the hardest-working ATV on earth. 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The burden CAFTA would place on sugar producers is his main source of opposition to the legislation. If those bur- dens could be reduced or elim- inated, he would be more in fa- vor of passage, he said. "I'm not saying I'm trying to find reasons to oppose (CAF- TA)," he said. "I'm trying to find reasons to support it." Rehberg said he is acutely aware of the necessity for the United States to work closely with its trading partners. "Being an isolationist is not going to work in today's soci- ety," he said. In a telephone interview from her campaign headquar- ters in Bozeman, Rehberg's Democratic challenger, Tracy Velazquez, said she also op- poses CAFTA because of the sugar issue. Where the con- tenders differ on trade issues is Rehberg's support of "Fast Track" legislation, which was passed in 2002 to give the pres- ident increased authority over trade agreements. Because of Fast Track, Congress can only vote "yes" or "no" on CAFrA and cannot amend it. "What Mr. Rehberg is doing is he's saying 'I'm giving away my right to negotiate,'" Ve- lazquez said. In response, Rehberg said Congress passed Fast Track because trade agreements had frequently been stonewalled in the past. He said Fast Track includes provisions for farm- ers and ranchers to lobby the president to influence the terms of the agreements. "We wanted more cowboy boots under the negotiating table," he said. Velazquez said the ability of ranchers to lobby is too limit- ed, and a more streamlined approach to trade negotia- tions cannot excuse what she views as a loss of checks and balances between the legisla- tive and executive branches of the federal government. "Faster doesn't necessarily mean better," she said. Rehberg also discussed Country Of Origin Labeling, or COOL, legislation. COOL is partly intended to protect con- sumers from BSE, or "Mad Cow Disease," and other health concerns in livestock. But COOL, which has run into stiff opposition in Congress, is mainly about marketing, Rehberg said. He's in favor of mandatory labeling to protect Montana ranchers from com- petition from cheaper foreign beef, he said. COOL is another issue on which Rehberg said he dis- agrees with Bush. But COOL Georgette Marie Cayer Chris Evan Hurawtch along with their parents C0nley & Shirley Cayer & Howard and Julia Huravitch would like to cordially invite you to wedding reception and dance Saturday, July 10, 6 p.m. (CT) Midway Junction 2322 West Front Street I Williston, ND ~_ The cuple wi'2 be having a small w~~ Thank You We the family of Mel Rauschendorfer want to thank Father Greg Stoudinger, Father Francis 5chreiber and Father Ned Shinnick for'the service. Thanks to the sisters of Sacred Heart ionestara), Linette Miller and Sue Andersen for the music. Fulkerson Funeral Home for their expertise and compassion. To all the people who brought food and supplies, called, visited, sent cards and memorials, your generosity and kindness will not be forgotten. May God bless you all. Betty and family Rep. Dennis Rehberg, left, discusses the new Bostona Doiry owner Kent Bos. is not a party issue, he said, it's a regional issue. One state ring titles for leading opposition to COOL is the federal Texas, he said, because some gional irri Texas ranchers graze their said he's cattle across the border in tion Mexico or do business with Before touring the 1 Mexican ranchers. The state's ton Oil rig, the politics have a direct effect on item on Rehberg's the Bush Administration's policies, Rehberg said. "The president is opposed to at the Sidney Country Of Origin Labeling While there, because he's from Texas," he tioned Leo Miller, said. Rehberg also questioned Oil, and Ken Maples, ! whether COOL would be effec- Hiland Partners tire. "How do you tell a young natural struggling family that's trying to make ends meet to pay Miller told more for their beef?" he are now 14 oil ri asked, ty, up from two Velazquez said whether con- there should be: sumers buy American beef is 300 oil not the issue. The purpose of five years. He COOL is to educate them drilling about their purchasing choic- technolog) es, and she doesn't think Re- production in the publicans in Congress will the next 30 years. support that education. Wash- "Right now, they're ington Republicans are in the this is probably pocket of the meatpacking in- dustry, whose operations in would become more expensiveMiller said. if COOL passes, she said. She pointed to a June global agri- culture speech by Ann Vene- ing Plant, man, Bush's agricultural sec- by Hiland Partners retary, that affirmed the Ad- able to process ministration's strong opposi- million and: tion to COOL. Congressional bic feet of natural Republicans are sure to stand currently in solidarity with the Admin- field flares. istration, Velazquez said. Rehberg said What Rehberg said about the connection between Bush and ing America's Texas cattlemen is a "front," reducing she said. "I think that's mistaken, un- economy. He also said less Ann Veneman is running cattle down in Mexico, and I think that's unlikely," she cluding said. . Another agricultural con- Sidney Fire Friday, July 2:'Two firework related fires. Saturday, July 3: Treater fire at oil well. Sunday, July 4: Treater house fire. Washed rock a sand, concrete, gravel 482-1572 After Hours Phone: 482-5093 MT/ND Toll Free Suzuki has the. right ATV for you, like the powerful Vinson", versatile Ozark" and the exciting LT-Z400TM. 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