Congressman Jodey Arrington discusses Syria, the Mueller investigation and the Farm Bill

On the same day that President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. is taking military action against Syria, KTXS News spoke with U.S. Congressman Jodey Arrington on Skype, just one day after he met with the president at the White House.

Arrington and Trump talked about trade at Thursday's meeting, but Arrington has also been working on the Farm Bill, which was introduced Thursday. Arrington said that he is pleased that the Farm Bill restores cotton to the agriculture safety net, which helps protect farmers and ranchers from disease, drought and other disasters. The Farm Bill also adds work requirements for millions of people that receive food stamps from the American government.

“We believe able bodied people who are receiving government assistance should be working or be trained and be part of the workforce education and preparing for their next job,” Arrington said.

As for action in Syria, Arrington said that the U.S. military should get involved if it is proven that chemical weapons were used on innocent Syrian civilians.

“We have to respond forcefully,” Arrington said. “I think we have to up the ante in our response.”

And when it comes to the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling and the president's possible involvement with it, Arrington does not believe that President Donald Trump will fire Robert Mueller, the man overseeing the investigation into Russian interference.

“I think he's gonna let this play out, and I think that's a good thing,” Arrington said. “I think Mueller needs to finish the job that he started, and I don't expect anything to come out of it.”

Arrington said that the Farm Bill should go to the U.S. House floor for debate and amendments in the next couple of weeks.

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