Kingston addressed the Rotary Club of Statesboro Monday. Passage of a farm bill and extension of long-term federal unemployment benefits were among the topics discussed.
The U. S. Congress went home for the holidays before acting on a proposal to extend unemployment benefits. Kingston said it is more important to get people back to work than to extend unemployment benefits. He said people tend not to look for work as hard as they would without the benefits.
Kingston said the passage of a Farm Bill, usually for a period of five years, is close. The bill passed in 2008 ended last September. A large portion of the money goes to support food stamps and other food assistance program.
Kingston responded to a question about his recent statement that children who receive free lunches should work in exchange, such as sweeping the cafeteria floor. He said he made the remarks during a discussion about the work ethic in American young people and its importance to the nation’s economy, not about free lunches.