Lewis Meets with Doctors & Farmers on Re-Open MN Tour, Blasts Smith & Walz

Lewis Meets with Doctors & Farmers on Re-Open MN Tour, Blasts Smith & Walz

Lewis Announces Plan to Help Struggling Pork Farmers,
Demands Ending Ban on “Non-Essential” Medical Procedures

April 30, 2020

WOODBURY, Minn — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis met with dozens of medical professionals, farmers and small business owners as his “Re-Open Minnesota for Business” tour continued today with stops in Chaska and Albert Lea.

The first stop was a tour of a medical clinic in Chaska and a press conference with State Senator Dr. Scott Jensen.

“It’s unfathomable that the Governor is not taking action to lift the ban on what he considers “non-essential” medical procedures. Having recently visited numerous clinics and surgeons around the state, I can tell you firsthand that people are waiting in pain to get procedures such as biopsies and orthopedic surgeries. Why is Tina Smith M.I.A. on this issue? Minnesotans are in dire pain and suffering, and I am deeply troubled by her willingness to sit idly by while people are denied life-saving medical procedures like biopsies,” Lewis said.

The second stop was a roundtable discussion with numerous small business owners in Albert Lea at Robert Hoffman Realty.

“Farms here in Freeborn County and surrounding areas are struggling. Just last week I met with several pork farmers who told me they are having to euthanize countless hogs because all the processing plants are shuttered. Just today before this meeting, a farmer who was supposed to attend called us to say he can’t make it because he has to euthanize 1,000 animals. It’s heartbreaking. It’s not right to ask farmers to euthanize hundreds, if not thousands, of animals per day and bury them in a field because of a top-down government edict.

We need to re-open the processing plants immediately, even if only with limited staff to help farmers euthanize the animals which the plants are not able to process and get to market. We then need to invoke the agricultural provisions in the CARES Act so the USDA can expand their assistance to a wider range of agricultural producers, including pork farmers. It’s also time to examine the possibility of extending crop insurance to livestock farmers.

This can’t wait, and Senator Tina Smith has failed to deliver for Minnesota farmers, it’s that simple,” Lewis concluded.