West Africans Lobby Congress on Agriculture Subsidies

D.C.’s Politico newspaper, which does a good job of covering lobbying, has an interesting story about three West African clergymen lobbying the U.S. Congress to reduce subsidies to American farmers, which hurt African farmers by depressing prices: In a meeting with Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.), they got lucky. Domenici doesn’t speak French, and the African bishops don’t speak English. But Bishop Jean-Noel Diouf of Tambacounda, Senegal, had learned Italian as a student in Rome. He took the opportunity to make the African case to the Italian-American lawmaker in that language. The West African clergymen, who came to Washington under […]

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