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INTERVIEW: Arrington says work in first term, plans for second warrant re-election

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Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock) is running for re-election in the midterms against Democratic challenger Miguel Levario. First elected in 2016, the congressman said his work on the House Budget Committee and Agriculture Committee, as well as chairing the Economic Opportunity subcommittee under the Veterans Affairs Committee, show his record of leadership on Capitol Hill.

A guest on the News@Nine Tuesday, Arrington said his work to build relationships the first two years is and will continue to pay dividends as he pushes West Texas priorities in D.C. He said national security is "job number one" for the federal government, and calls Congress's sizable investment in the Pentagon last year "a down payment."

"I think the next big one is to continue to work with the President to make sure that we stop illegal immigration and we secure our border," Arrington said. "That is an issue of national security for me. We've made some strides there, but I think there's a whole lot of work to do."

Rep. Arrington said the biggest threat to District 19 is the risk of not passing a Farm Bill. Arrington is a conferee for the 2018 proposal, which is stymied in conference committee over debates around adding work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP). Arrington, a strong supporter of the work requirements, emphasizes they would only affect able-bodied adults.

"You've got seven million surplus jobs, you've got an economy that's growing," Arrington said, "it does a disservice to those people who are able to work to not have incentives to move up and out of welfare and to maximize their God-given potential.

"That helps them," he continued, "that helps their families, helps our country. We're fighting for those kind of reforms in the Farm Bill, too. They're every bit as important to our country as having a strong, vibrant ag economy and food security."

Arrington's interview is attached to the top of this story. Click here to see Miguel Levario's interview from Monday night.

Early voting begins Oct. 22; Election Day is Nov. 6.

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