The Republican primary for a northern New York congressional seat features a self-funded businessman digging deeper into his personal fortune and a former Washington political staffer getting financial help from major conservative backers.
New York Congressman Bill Owens announced this afternoon that he will not run for re-election. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley joined a conference call as the Democrat explained his decision.
The 113th Congress has returned to work following a holiday recess and several issues are expected to dominate the agenda. Before he left for Washington, New York’s 21st District Representative Democrat Bill Owens discussed some of the key issues representatives must address.
President Obama chastised Congress for its partisan bickering and lack of progress in tackling the nation’s imperatives during his State of the Union address.
“The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem,” the president said. “They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can.”
The leader of the U.S. House confirmed Thursday that the Farm Bill will not be addressed until after the November election. That concerns farmers across the region, because the bill and provisions crucial to the dairy industry expire at the end of this month.