Grimes questions McConnells Farm Bill involvement


by Joe Arnold

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 10:25 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan-Grimes is questioning Mitch McConnell involvement in the recently passed Farm Bill, saying the Senate Minority Leader only delayed the bill that aims to make hemp production a reality for state farmers.

Grimes said Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow was the lead influence on the passage of the bill.

Stabenow also suggested McConnell is taking credit for something he didn’t do.

“It wasn’t until after the bill was agreed to and came out of conference committee that I was aware of his interest,” she said.

President Barack Obama signed the bill in early February.

Stabenow was in Smithfield, Ky. on Monday to show support for Grimes as she tries to oust incumbent Republican Sen. McConnell in the upcoming U.S. Senate race.  As the first woman elected into the Michigan Senate, Stabenow said the bill was drafted by a  Democrat in the house.

Mitch McConnell joined Kentucky Ag Commissioner, James Comer, on Monday to announce five pilot projects to produce hemp, which stem from passage of the bill.

McConnell said he made sure the projects were included in the bill.

    A Vermont based non-profit organization dedicated to legislative acceptance of industrial hemp presented McConnell with an award the securing the language into the bill.

WHAS11 Political Editor Joe Arnold was there. Click the player to see the coverage.